TCIA Releases Statement on A300 Urban Forest Products Standard Status

TCIA-LogoThe Tree Care industry Association recently issued a statement confirming and explaining the ANSI-accredited Standards Committee’s vote last fall to terminate the A300 Part 11 Urban Forest Products project for the time being.

Following is the statement dated January 10, 2017 from Bob Rouse, chief program officer of TCIA and A300 secretary.

Re: A300 Part 11 Urban Forest Products Status

While we recognize the need for guidance in the wood utilization marketplace, the ANSI‐accredited Standards Committee A300 believes this project falls outside the scope of tree care management standards at this time. The main considerations that resulted in this decision are:

  1. Commercial arboriculture doesn’t control the marketplace specifications as the end users (buyers) provide the specifications;
  2. The marketplace for urban forest products is small and regional, most commercial tree care companies produce only wood chips for free distribution or for disposal; and,
  3. A Best Management Practice, written by the ISA is a better first step to develop Urban Forest Products guidelines.

Dr. Richard Hauer (University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point and the ISA representative on the ASC A300) and Dr. Eric Wiseman (Virginia Tech) have volunteered to spearhead the effort and are looking for volunteers to assist.

As a result, the ASC A300 voted at the Fall 2016 meeting to terminate the A300 Part 11 Urban Forest Products project for the time being. TCIA has agreed to release copyrights relating to this project to qualified groups, so that draft standards and appendices can be used by others. As the commercial practice matures, an industry standard may become necessary.

Going forward, a technical advisory committee will be assembled to guide development of the BMP and ISA will reach out to potential contributors once a production schedule is established. Those interested in contributing to the BMP should contact the ISA Educational Goods and Services department. Visit isa-arbor.com for information about the ISA Educational Goods and Services department.

Sincerely,
Bob Rouse, MS, AStd
A300 Secretary
Chief Program Officer
TCIA

Editor’s note: Since receiving the above memo, the Illinois Wood Utilization Team, was informed that any formal inquiries about a potential urban forest products BMP should be sent to Associate Director of Educational Goods and Services, Alex Julius, ajulius@isa-arbor.com.

ANSI A300 is comprised of voluntary industry consensus standards developed by TCIA and written by a committee called the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300, whose mission is to develop consensus performance standards based on current research and sound practice for writing specifications to manage trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. Learn more about the current A300 standards.