Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

DEC 2018

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continued from page 62 32 LC DBM 2018 Association Wrap-Up To view more about Associations, including news, events and photos visit a search the name of the assocation as the keyword. The Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental and Pest Professionals represents a diversified yet unified membership consisting of a large array of disciplines within the private and public sectors of Montana's Green Industry. Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental and Pest Professionals Above & Left Following on the heels of the Saluting Branches event, AMTOPP hosted an Aerial Rescue Clinic and Demo, in Great Falls. Dave Stice, of WesSpur and the Ascension Group Northwest was the instructor for this class. There were 21 people from across Montana that came out to learn about the different techniques and other things involved with an aerial rescue. The event was free for AMTOPP members. Above The Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals (AMTOPP), kicked off 2018 with their annual conference and trade show, in January. The setting for the conference could not have been any better, and what better way to spend a few days in a Montana winter, than at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda, MT. The two-day conference is packed with educational opportunities, providing CEU's for arborist, herbicide and pesticide applicators, and Montana Urban IPM. At the end of the day, attendees were able to relax and enjoy the hot pools and unwind from the day. Above All work and no play makes for a dull weekend, so AM- TOPP members take a break after their August board meeting and before the heavy work begins the next day, for Summer Field day, to get in a little golfing. Right In July, AMTOPP President, Jason Stringer along with Secretary/ Treasurer, Cooper Elwood made the trip to Washington D.C. for the National Association of Landscape Professionals' Renewal and Remem- brance work day at Arlington National Cem- etery, and Day on the Hill event. Members of AMTOPP's Executive Board make this trip each year to represent AMTOPP and Mon- tana. The Renewal and Remembrance event sparked AMTOPP's Summer Field Day where AMTOPP members provide labor, material and equipment to work at one of Montana's Veterans' Facilities, and has continued for over 10 years. The Day on the Hill provides AMTOPP with a face to face meeting with Montana's Con- gressman and Senators, bringing to the forefront the concerns and issues which could and sometimes do affect the members of AMTOPP. Above The Eastern Montana State Veteran's Cemetery, in Miles City, MT, was the host for AMTOPP's annual Summer Field Day, in which members donate their time, material and equipment to provide some much needed work on the grounds of Montana's fallen soldiers. This year AMTOPP partnered with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ISA (RMC-ISA), and with 30 volunteers, planted and staked 12 trees, removed some dead trees, weeded, minor pruning of shrubs, fertilized trees, held a pruning class, and applied fertilizer and weed control to the turf areas, as well as an irrigation audit. Left AMTOPP was well represented at Montana's Saluting Branches Event, September 22. This was the second year Montana arborist participated in the national Saluting Branches event and again AMTOPP members did not disappoint. Not only did they show up to help but brought in some big equipment to tackle the big jobs.

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