Tree risk assessment is an area of urban forest management that has evolved rapidly in the past decade. We have moved from simple hazard tree assessment concepts into a more sophisticated understanding of risk in general. With the introduction of the ISA’s Best Management Practices document for Tree Risk Assessment, and the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), several new approaches and guidelines have been introduced. Within the field of tree risk assessment there are many techniques and concepts to master; from basic principles through to sophisticated diagnostic techniques.
Improve your tree disease field assessment skills in this all-day class at Sunnyside Forest and Rotary Field House located at the South Surrey Recreation Center complex. Morning lectures will cover visual assessment techniques for disease, using a combination of signs and symptoms of common diseases in native PNW trees.
In the afternoon, we will be outdoors examining diseases of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, bigleaf maple, and Pacific madrone. The types of wood decay, fungus fruiting bodies, as well as structural and risk implications will be discussed, and sonic tomography and resistance drilling will be demonstrated as examples of advanced risk assessment techniques.
This course will be of use to anyone interested in tree diseases, and particularly anyone conducting risk assessment of trees with disease.
Arborists and foresters conducting tree risk assessments need to:
- Know what to look for, and
- Know what they are looking at.
The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
The workshop starts by understanding terms and legal principles and how these drive professional practice and possible advice to clients. This will include:
- Duty of care
- Standard of care
- Damages and penalties