DNR Charges Unlicensed Tree Care Practitioner
Man Charged with Same Offenses in Baltimore County in 2003
ANNAPOLIS, MD —Robert McClung of Appalachian Tree East, Inc., in Baltimore was found guilty in Baltimore County District Court on April 18 of operating a tree-expert business without a license and of false advertising or soliciting business as an unlicensed tree expert.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Services conducted an investigation after a Catonsville resident complained about an incident last October. The complainant alleged that McClung took a $75 deposit for tree-care services but performed no work and did not refund the deposit.
In June 2002, McClung was charged in Baltimore County District Court with the same two offenses. He failed to appear on the charges, and subsequently was found guilty.
Any tree-care professional who wishes to practice in Maryland must obtain a license. Without a license, advertising tree-care services and practicing in the state are prohibited.
To make complaints regarding licensed or unlicensed tree experts, call DNR’s Forest Service at 1-887-620-8DNR. To view a list of licensed tree experts, visit DNR’s website at http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/forests/oflists/lte/treeexpert.html.
Posted April 20, 2004