Tree Assessment and Inventory

Tree assessments/inventories are often required by towns, cities and municipalities, and are necessary for tree preservation. Without an assessment, needless money will be spent. And the development team cannot make realistic decisions.

Assess and Inventory First!

Taking care of new development

New construction can negatively impact trees and some trees will not remain a viable element in the landscape after construction due to current condition. It is important to do a tree inventory and assessment in the before situation of construction to determine how existing trees are going to be impacted by improvements. By being proactive the developer can protect those trees that will remain onsite and mitigate for trees that must be removed. Tree inventories and assessments also reduce the cost of mitigation based on the correct determination of tree species and size.

A significant amount of knowledge is required to conduct a professional tree assessment/inventory. Knowledge of tree biology, tree ordinances, negligence issues as they relate to hazardous trees and preservation outcome is crucial. An accurate estimate of costs related to a cure or repair is dependent on knowledge of compliance regulations and the outcomes of court cases relating to values and safety issues. Familiarity with current resources and knowledge of insects and diseases is also necessary.

There is specialized equipment and people trained in its use needed to conduct a professional tree assessment. This includes devices to measure the height and diameter of trees, infrared cameras, global positioning systems (GPS), tensiometers, core borers and air knives.

lized equipment and people trained in its use needed to conduct a professional tree assessment. This includes devices to measure the height and diameter of trees, infrared cameras, global positioning systems (GPS), tensiometers, core borers and air knives.

Fertilizer Foibles

One of the things that we all do but know little about is fertilizing.  Whether we apply or specify it, we pretty much don’t know what we’re doing.  Yes, we understand the local laws and ordinances which govern fertilizer applications.  We have heard or are tangentially aware that runoff is killing our eco system and environment.  We have perused or glanced at the Best Management Practices for fertilizing, and are at least (hopefully) aware of the fact that ANSI A-300, Part 2 has a complete standard written about fertilization.  But we don’t get it.

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Of Trends, Science and Chickens

Trends are fascinating and exhilarating phenomena.  They allow pundits the opportunity to pontificate upon things which may never happen but are nonetheless given great credence due to the expertise of the pontificator.  Trends tend to focus on the minutia of a far greater whole, and more likely than not are short-lived.  Trends are fun to watch and a delight to participate in.  Trends define goals and give us hope to better ourselves and our communities. We want to become a trendsetter due to its elitism and social stature.  We want to follow trendsetters because there’s safety in numbers.  But lurking in the hallowed halls of this intermittent euphoria lays danger.  Nothing can disappear quicker than Elvis Presley sideburns then to follow a trend and ignore the science behind it.

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CAVEAT EMPTOR – AND OTHER MARKETPLACE NEWS

Have you ever heard the name Donna Massie?  How about Tom McCrum?  The former holds the dubious distinction of having identified the very first Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) in Worchester, Mass.  Already 1,800 trees have been tagged for removal on 62 square miles surrounding Worcester and four neighboring towns.  Tom McCrum is with the Massachusetts Maple Syrup Association and joins economists and politicians in the nightmare scenario that would follow into the tourism and timber industry if the ALB encroached further from its current foothold.  Approximately $268 million has been spent on eradication efforts during the last eleven years.

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