OPEI and NALP offer webinar on backpack blower bans

The webinar will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 29.

August 7, 2018
Edited by Megan Smalley

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the National Association of Landscape Professionals plan to host a webinar to educate landscape contractors on how to work with their communities on backpack leaf blower bans.

An increasing number of communities across the U.S. are calling for a blanket ban on leaf blowers, regardless of their power source. According to OPEI, many of these arguments for a leaf blower ban are based on emotions, not facts.

Landscapers need to respond to this threat, and OPEI, along with NALP, are working to help landscapers educate their local community leaders, customers and other stakeholders on the vital role this equipment plays in their communities, misconceptions about its design and the importance of the people using the equipment.

Evan Dackow, owner of Jolly Green Tree on Long Island, New York, has been fighting leaf blower bans for years. During this webinar, he will share his experience with leaf blower bans on Long Island, how he's worked with communities for commonsense solutions, and lessons for other landscapers on how they can get engaged with their local officials.

The webinar will take place at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Aug. 29. The webinar is free for NALP members, and costs $39 for non-members. Click here to learn more and register.