Risk Management in the Urban Forest

tree defectsRisk management is an established practice in most communities for gray infrastructure: streets, bridges, buildings, and utilities.  In the past 2 years, changes in ANSI A300 standards for arboriculture and subsequent development by ISA of the Tree Risk Assessment BMP and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) have created new opportunities for professional urban forest managers.

Current standards for risk assessment and management are based on the ISO 31010 components:

  • communication and consultation
  • risk assessment
  • monitoring and review

A comprehensive tree risk management strategy can have multiple benefits for the community and an urban forestry program.  These include:

  • increased public safety
  • better control of work scheduling & budgets
  • proactive disaster preparedness by urban forest managers
  • critical support for comprehensive urban forest management (tree health, ecosystem services)

Download Urban Tree Risk: References and Resources from Urban Forestry South for a current list of tree risk links.

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