On March 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an advisory notice outlining “critical” industries. Read the full document here. These are the industries and services that would need to continue operating in case of “shelter in place” or quarantine orders. TCIA is pleased that the advisory specifically mentions vegetation management/tree care in two places:
- Vegetation management crews and traffic workers who support
- Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Support, such as road and line clearing, to ensure the availability of needed facilities, transportation, energy and communications
Though this is an advisory opinion, not an order with the backing of law, it is still encouraging to TCIA that DHS recognizes the importance of tree care to every day American life, and advises state and local jurisdictions to do the same. This order echoes TCIA and ISA’s position of tree care as an essential service in three distinct areas, as outlined in our March 18 letter here.
Our members are encouraged to review the language of any “shelter in place” order in their jurisdiction, and to reach out to TCIA with any questions.