What is an arborist?
According to Maine arborist licensing law (7 MRSA Section 2173-2191), an arborist is anyone who, for compensation:
- takes down or fells shade or ornamental trees;
- diagnoses or evaluates the condition of shade or ornamental trees;
- solicits, recommends or supervises the treatment of shade or ornamental trees;
- or in any manner or for any purpose treats or cares for shade or ornamental trees.
What are the functions of the arborist program?
The arborist program:
- Licenses arborists practicing in Maine through a testing process that ensures arborists working in the state are competent and adequately insured
- Processes complaints about licensed arborists and people performing arboriculture work without a license
- Assists the public in hiring licensed arborists by providing arborist contact information.
With guidance from the Arborist Advisory Council the state horticulturist oversees the arborist program.