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Re: ALMO tree stock

Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock
From: Scott Cullen
Date: Dec 31 2010 12:05:05

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jon Heuch 
  To: UK Tree Care 
  Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 6:21 AM
  Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock

  SC From this side of the pond it appears that government is also a victim 
  of the general UK penchant for abbreviations and acronyms :)

  JH  the UK government is not alone - all bureaucracies, cabals and 
professions use acronyms and
  jargon. They're great means of improving communication to those that know 
and ruining communication
  to everybody else!

  SC They are great for clear speaking and writing when they are spelt out in 
the first instance or are so widely known everyone is presumed to have gotten 
the first instance.  In US most folks know that BLT on the menu is a Bacon, 
Lettuce and Tomato sandwich.  We arbs all know what GIS and GPS are.  The 
problem is when going outside the cabal.  

  JH As for ALMO's I guess they have similar tendencies to QUANGOs and the 
various agencies set up at
  "arm's length" to government. They tend to be excuses to increase senior 
staff pay and perks (thus
  providing great incentives to go in this direction) and reduce pay and 
perks and everybody else.
  Competition is what they call it.

  JH Having done a number of surveys for what may be ALMOs (I had never heard 
of the term either), PFIs,
  PPPs and similar acronymic oganisations 

  SC Actually, it was pointed out to me recently that an acronym is an 
abbreviation that is a pronounceable word.  ALSO (Amenity, Landscape, Shade & 
Ornamental trees) happens to be a word;  "well all you foresters, ALSO trees 
are also trees, trees are not just for wood products."  I'm not sure about 
QUANGO (Quasi-Non-Government Organization),  it's pronouncable but is it a 
word?  PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and GPS (Global Positioning 
System) are clearly just abbreviations, they are neither pronouncable nor 

  JH it seemed to me that "trees" had been bundled into the
  general landscape conditions, and "trees" had been left to last. Unless 
there were clear guidelines
  with preferably financial incentives to support desirable outcomes there 
was no long term vision for
  tree management.

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