Green Industry News – April 27, 2020

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NC Urban Forest Council – Upcoming Informational Webinars

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The following events will be offered by the NC Urban Forest Council:

Carolina Canopy Webinar #2: Urban Tree Design in the Face of Climate Change

Apr 29, 2020
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Carolina Canopy Webinar #3: Strategies for Effective Tree Ordinances
May 13, 2020
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Carolina Canopy Webinar #4: The Operational Aspects of Tree Protection Ordinances
May 27, 2020
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Carolina Canopy Webinar #5: Heat Related Illnesses and the Hidden Dangers
Jun 09, 2020
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Carolina Canopy Webinar #6: Spotted Lanternfly: A Threat to NC Landscapes
Jun 23, 2020

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Ascochyta Leaf Blight – Tall Fescue

Asco what?! That’s the immediate response I get from turfgrass managers when I tell them I just diagnosed their damaged tall fescue sample as Ascochyta leaf blight. Read more >>


Managing Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

giant crape myrtle tree

Crape myrtle bark scale (CMBS) is a serious invasive pest of crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia spp.), one of the most beloved and widely planted ornamental trees and shrubs in the United States. This scale insect is native to Asia (reported in China, Korea, and Japan), and was first detected in 2004 near Dallas, Texas. Read more >>


Felt Scales on Oak

Felt scales are a family of scales that include azalea bark scale (Acanthococcus azaleae), crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae), European elm scale (Gossyparia spurius), and oak eriococcid scale (Acanthococcus quercus). These scales all have a felted covering that is most apparent when adults are producing eggs. Female oak eriococcid scales are producing eggs now.

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Lecanium Scales

Oak lecanium scale and European fruit lecanium are nearly identical soft scales that infest oaks and many other tree species including redbud, dogwood, maple, fruit trees, and others. In spring adults swell to large (for scales) hemispherical egg cases with thousands of eggs. This is the stage you will see now on infested twigs.

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Licensed Landscape Contractor Continuing Education Information

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board voted to approve an Emergency Rule regarding Continuing Education (CE) credits required for license renewal for August 1, 2020 –  July 31, 2021. The Board took this action to support the social distancing efforts that have been directed by the Federal and State Government, and to assist licensed landscape contractors who are unable to locate a sufficient number of hours of in-person continuing education classes due to the social distancing directives.

The emergency rule allows a one year extension of continuing education requirements for the license year ending July 31, 2020. Credits already obtained for the current licensing year ending July 31, 2020 will be applied to the next year ending July 31, 2021. All licensed landscape contractors are still required to keep a record of their completed continuing education credits.

You will still be required to renew your license by August 1, 2020 to maintain your landscape contractor license. To renew your license for 2020-2021, you will still submit a renewal application with the $60.00 renewal fee, and maintain a valid Surety Bond. Only the CE requirement is extended for this year.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to renew my license by August 1, 2020?

Yes. You will still be required to renew your license by August 1, 2020 to maintain your landscape contractor license. To renew your license for 2020-2021, you will still submit a renewal application with the $60.00 renewal fee; maintain a valid Surety Bond as required for licensure, and submit a corporate renewal with $60 fee if required. Renewal instructions will be emailed, mailed and posted on the website by June 1, 2020.

What if I have already completed all or some of my CE for this year?

Any Board approved CE that you have completed from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 will be applied to next year’s license period August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021. You are still required to keep a record of your completed continuing education credits.

What if I have not completed any CE yet for this year?

You will have until July 31, 2021 to complete 7 hours of CE.

Do I need to keep track of the CE credits I’ve taken?

Yes. You need to keep your proof of attendance forms. You will need them to renew for 2021-2022.

Sincerely,

NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board

Mailing Address:

PO Box 20875; Raleigh, NC 27619

Physical Address:

3901 Barrett Dr., Suite 202; Raleigh, NC 27609

Email Address:  landscape.licensing@nclclb.com

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