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Dear Friend of KAA,

As your President, I'd like to welcome you to the new KAA Newsletter! We appreciate your patience while we have been rebuilding this publication. I think you'll see it is worth the wait. We will be publishing this e-newsletter on a quarterly basis. It will regularly feature articles on tree pruning, safety, pest and disease issues, as well as articles from the International Society of Arboriculture. Our intent is to give you the most current and up-to-date information for all arborists: Municipal, Commercial, and Vegetation Management.  

Along the right side of your newsletter, you'll notice a few new sections. There is one for upcoming events.  For a broader Calendar of Events, just click the link provided.  We have also included an easy link to become a KAA Member.  There is also an easy link to donate money to the KAA via a Pay Pal link.  

However, this is just the beginning.  Please let us know what other changes you would like to see.  Our goal is to make this Newsletter fit your needs.  Finally, if you would like to write an article about a tree issue that is important to you, send it to us.  We're always looking for content.

Thank you,
Chris O'Bryan
KAA President 2014-2015

Regional News


by Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

The lone star tick is an important pest of humans, pets, and wildlife in western and southern Kentucky and is becoming more common in central and eastern counties of the state. The species gets its name from a distinct white spot on the back of the adult female...

Read the full story

*We are looking forward to Lee's update this fall at KAA's Annual Conference.

From kildare to lexington: An Arborst exchange report

by Simon Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Kildare County Council, Ireland. 

Reprinted with permission from CITY TREES, the magazine of the Society of Municipal Arborists (

At the end of October, 2013 I travelled to Lexington, Kentucky as part of an exchange with John Saylor who is an arborist with Lexington-Fayette Urban Council. Lexington is a Sister City to my home of Kildare County in Ireland, a link that came about due to the importance of the equine industry in both places...

Read the full story at city Trees

* Look for John Saylor's follow-up article in our next newsletter.
National News

Effective UVM Through Application Software

Wil Ortiz, Union Power Cooperative | T&D World Magazine

Union Power sorts out the ever-changing utility vegetation management puzzle by using new software to refine cost analysis, decision-making and target establishment.

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This Month's Sponsor

2014 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package

The Kentucky Chapter is pleased to announce the 2014 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree Climbing Champion (TCC), held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2014 Tree Climbing Championship (TCC) event.  

Each prize package includes: 
  • Petzel Helmet with Professional Hearing Protection, Eye Protection and Climbing Gloves provided by Husqvarna
  • Silky Tsurugi Curve Hand Saw
  • ArborMaster® Rope Friction Saver provided by Buckingham
  • 150’ ArborMaster® Climbing Line with eye splice from Samson
  • OREGON® Tool Bag
  • Vermeer logo ’d Arborwear Double Thick Pullover Sweatshirt
  • 50% savings for an ArborMaster® 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module
Sponsored by:  


What's Happening

Kentucky Tree Climbing Competition (KTCC)
October 17 & 18, 2014
George Rogers Park, Louisville, Kentucky
Facebook Event Page
Register for Event

KAA 2014 Annual Conference
October 23 & 24, 2014
Campbell House, Lexington, Kentucky
Register for Event

Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (TRAQ)
November 5,6, & 7, 2014
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, Great Hall (Sanctuary)
Instructor: Dr.Bill Fountain
> Register for Event

Arbor Day Foundation
Partners in Community Forestry Conference 
November 5 & 6, 2014
Charlotte, NC
> More Info

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