Government Affairs

TCIA, through its membership, is organized as a trade association. What does that mean specifically, and how is TCIA different from other groups in the green industry? A trade association is an organization founded and funded by businesses.

TCIA's mission is to "advance tree care businesses.” One of the primary ways to protect and advance the industry is through attempts to influence public policy in a direction favorable to our members.

TCIA does this with contributions to the campaigns of political candidates through the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee (VFT-PAC), by supporting or opposing particular legislation, and by working to influence the activities of regulatory bodies such as OSHA.

There are almost 8,000 national trade associations in the United States, but only one represents the interests of the tree care industry.

No one knows tree care better than the people who run businesses every day, and TCIA - through its dedicated members - will continue to educate Washington on the unique issues and challenges the industry faces.

If you would like learn more about how you can take a more active role in your industry's government relations efforts, please contact TCIA President Mark Garvin.

Learn more about TCIA’s actions on your behalf:

Voice for Trees Political Action Committee (VFT-PAC)

The Voice for Trees, a political action committee formed in early 2004, takes direct action on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the tree care industry.

Specifically, VFT-PAC makes political contributions to U.S. Senators and Representatives who support our profession with their votes. Because of election laws and ethical considerations, PACs are funded apart from their parent organizations, so that membership dues and political donations are not mixed.

If you would like to be involved in the legislative efforts of the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee, take the first step by downloading and completing and Authorization Form. Please sign up today!

No one knows tree care better than you. TCIA also encourages you to contact your U.S. Senator and contact your U.S. Representative to let them know how they can support the tree care industry and your company.

Action Alerts

The VFT-PAC occasionally asks for assistance in expressing our position on critical issues to our Representatives and Senators in Washington.

These requests are in the form of Action Alerts emailed to a select list of people who work in the tree care industry and have a stake in the consequences of legislation, regulations and standards. Below you will find the latest action alerts, with instructions on how to contact those working in Washington to advance the profession and the industry.

There are currently no Action Alerts.

Let your voice be heard on the issues that affect all of us in the tree care industry.

Legislative Day on the Hill

TCIA invites all members to join us for our biennial Legislative Conference and Day on the Hill.

The event provides an opportunity to visit with your congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss issues that affect the industry. Attendees will receive an issues briefing before their Hill visits, and first-time participants receive special attention and assistance from veterans of the event.

TCIA is hard at work to make the best case for commercial arboriculture and to create a regulatory and political environment that benefits the green industry.

Looking for information on OSHA, DOT or ANSI Z133? Visit our Regulatory Affairs page.

TCIA1 Comments on a More Effective and Collaborative OSHA (3/2018)

On February 27, 2018, TCIA’s Peter Gerstenberger (senior advisor for safety, compliance and standards) was invited to testify before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The following is the full text of the written comment TCIA submitted for this hearing.

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