Loggers Offered Limited Opportunity To Become Licensed Tree Experts
MD-DE Master Loggers now have a two year window of opportunity to become a Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) (2020-2021; 2021-2022), opening up new business opportunities for MD-DE Master Loggers statewide. The Maryland Tree Expert Law, adopted in 1945, protects consumers by licensing qualified and insured tree care companies and individuals who conduct tree care work done for compensation on private or public property in the in the state. Specific details about the program can be viewed online at: https://go.umd.edu/DNRLTE
Thanks to MD-DE Master Logger Brian Beitzel for his efforts working with delegates from District 1A, Wendell Bietzel and George Edwards, this legislation was passed via SB867 / HB1311 Allegany Co. & Garrett Co.- with the title “Definition of Tree Expert Alteration Act” (Full legislation available on line at https://go.umd.edu/LoggertoLTE). This legislation modified the experience and education qualifications needed to obtain a tree expert license.
The criteria for a MD-DE Master Logger to qualify for this program includes:
- Payment of the LTE registration fee
- Be 18 years old or older
- Be an active MD-DE Master Logger for at least 3 years before the date of taking the exam
- Have held a Forest Products Operators License for at least 3 years before the date of taking the exam
- Successful passing of the exam
- Proof of current property and liability insurance (must be maintained during the period the license is in effect).
A study guide for the exam is located on the LTE website (https://go.umd.edu/dnrlte). If you have limited access to a computer, we would be happy to help you out by sending the study guide to you and helping though the process. Just give us a call.
Here's a study tip from the first MD-DE Master Logger to pass the exam: "It wasn't easy, but if you read the study guide like three times and have a good memory, someone should pass. But, if someone doesn't study much, most likely they will not pass".
Any MD-DE Master Logger who obtains their Licensed Tree Expert Certification will be awarded 4 CECs and 2 CECs for each renewal.
This is very exciting and a great opportunity and we thank Brian for the work he did to help MD-DE Master Loggers throughout the state to be able to diversify the services they offer landowners. High Five!