Seattle Metro, Western Washington
Washington Counties Served:
- Air Spade Work
- Construction Management
- Crane Work
- 24 hr. Emergency Service
- Expert Witness
- Habitat Revival
- Hazard/Risk Assessment
- Insect/Pest/Disease Diagnosis
- Landscape Planning/Management
- Native Restoration
- Ornamental Pruning
- Permit Assistance
- Plant Health Care
- Report Writing
- Tree Selection
- Urban Forest Management
- View Enhancement/Clearing
I normally use this space to highlight our industry standards. My last update centered on getting our Regional Plant Appraisal Committee formed and working. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a delay in this, and is affecting us all personally and professionally. So, I thought it appropriate to revisit the way we approach our work and talk a … read more of The Ultimate Standard.
The last convening of the Regional Plant Appraisal Committee (RPAC) back in 2007 resulted in the publication of the Species Rating guidebook. If you haven’t purchased a copy of this tiny gem I believe there are still literally boxes of them available for sale through the chapter office. (Seriously. It’s time to reconvene.) Read more of Regional Plant Appraisal Guidebook 3rd Edition Scheduled for ATC 20 Publication.
Twice each year a group of arborists meet to discuss the practice of arboriculture. These are your peers and represent large utility companies, small businesses, and public entities. These hardworking volunteers are collectively known as the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300. The committee develops consensus based on current research and practices that cover ten aspects … read more of ANSI A300 Standard.
Last summer, the Guide for Plant Appraisal 10th Edition finally reached our industry. Long promised and fiercely debated, it addresses several changes in our systematic approach to placing a value to a tree. The new guide weighs looks, feels, and reads similar to the tree risk assessment manual. And this was intentional. As stated in … read more of 10th Edition Leads to New PNW-ISA Committee.
The Tree Risk Assessment standard was updated this last summer. The standard is correctly referenced as “ANSI A300 (Part 9)-2017 Tree Risk Assessment a. Tree Failure.” Most of the changes in the update were simply in wording. This article will cover a few of the basic and important aspects of performing tree risk assessments. Read more of ANSI Tree Risk Assessment Standard Updated.
The first ANSI Standard for tree care was developed in 1991. Since then our industry has developed eleven different standards in regard to tree care. In July, updates to both the Pruning (A300 Part 1) and the Tree Risk Assessment (A300 Part 9) standards were released. There are several very significant changes to the Pruning standard. … read more of ANSI Pruning Standard Updated.
I’ve been working and climbing with trees for a few years now. And I’ve developed a set of rules for myself to stay safe, efficient, and make my job easier. Here they are: Read more of The Rules.
Perhaps the best way to accomplish great tree work is to start with a clear objective. Ask yourself, What are you doing, and why are you doing it? If you can ask and answer these questions honestly and clearly, you’ll be well on your way to a successful conclusion. There are so many options in … read more of Tree Climbing 101: Objective-Based Tree Climbing.
A few years ago, I was attending a tree biology class at the University of British Columbia. During the introduction period of the class each of us in attendance was asked to tell who we were and relate our favorite tree. I recall talking about the Douglas-fir; it is a favorite of mine because of … read more of Climbing 101: My Favorite Tree.
Let’s talk ergonomics. Ergonomics is the fitting of a job to a person. This can easily be seen in the contrast between the shapes and sizes of certain tools that climbing arborists use. We can often see that these are more comfortable to use. But why is this important? A recent OSHA study showed that … read more of Ergonomics.