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Tree Risk Assessment & Managment

What is tree risk assessment? The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) defines tree risk management as the application of policies, procedures, and practices used to identify, evaluate, mitigate, monitor, and communicate tree risk.

Stated simply, we use tree risk assessment to answer the following questions:
What is the likelihood that all or part of my tree will fall (we use the term “fail”)?
If the tree were to fail, what is the likelihood of harming people or property?
If the likelihood of failure and harm to people/property is high, is there anything we can do to eliminate or reduce this hazard?

We have Tree Risk Assessment Qualified professionals on staff. We provide tree risk assessment services to clients in the For Worth / Dallas areas.

Once on site, the first step is to perform an investigation of the roots, trunk, canopy, and so forth in order to determine the likelihood that all or part of your tree will fail. The complexity of our investigation varies based on your needs. Options range from simple visual inspection using rudimentary tools to complex inspections using climbers and advanced equipment such as the resistograph.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualified professional performing the inspection understands tree biology, how different types of trees respond to various stresses, how well different species of trees are able to mitigate wounds, and so much more. He looks for things like decay fungi (brown and white rot), fungal conks, cavities, carpenter ants, oozing sap, and enlarged growth. He evaluates local weather conditions (prevailing winds, ice, snow), defects, dead limbs, broken branches, cracks in the trunk, weak attachments, co-dominant stems, over-extended branches, cankers, ridges, root defects, abnormal root flares, basal swelling, buried root collars, and decay. The list goes on.

The second step is to evaluate living and non-living targets (people, property) within the vicinity of the tree and determine the likelihood of impacting one of these targets. In other words, if all or part of the tree were to fail, what is the probability of hitting people or property? This information combined with the likelihood of failure provides the failure and impact determination.

The third step is to determine the consequences of failure. If the tree fails and if it hits a target, will this result in death, injury, or major damage? If a tree falls in the middle of the forest, the consequences are minimal. But a tree falling into a playground could result in catastrophic harm to children.

Fourth, we combine all known information to provide a final risk rating.

Finally, if necessary, we provide recommendations on how to reduce the risk rating. Recommendations often include pruning, cabling, bracing, root invigoration, fertilizing, restricting access, monitoring, and possibly complete removal.

Contact us today to schedule a tree risk assessment with one of our Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Professionals. Our rates will vary based on the complexity of your project.

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