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Tree professionalism WAS London tree WAS Tree hazard potential assessment study BREAKS Close calls

Subject: Tree professionalism WAS London tree WAS Tree hazard potential assessment study BREAKS Close calls
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Jul 07 2018 21:46:04
 Thank you, Michael, for the highly *responsive* reply to my enquiry!
Unfortunately the tommyrot of which you speak is widespread here in the US

When I was in the consulting business and working for various agencies, it
was my practice to retain people who knew what I didn't know--in fact, I
would even call in people who were better than I even when I knew quite a
bit about a particular subject. When I took a course in Business Law, the
professor said that he was going to teach us how to know when we needed a
lawyer and when we didn't. It would seem to me that the arborist profession
would enhance its reputation if it drew the crucial distinctions between
knowledge and presumption, practice and sound theory (as synthesized
knowledge) in action (educated observation), and pat answers vs enquiry.
*Understanding* has no substitute; still it is always incomplete. I
question my own assumptions before questioning those of others, but
questioning a person who truly understands is always welcome.

Thank you also, for the recommended references. However, if I buy one more
book, my wife may divorce me for raiding our retirement fund again. And, my
cup runneth over. I may well run the risk in this case, however.


PS: While I can barely spel mycologist, I hope I know when I need one. If I
didn't have radar, I might resort to a mallet, followed by an increment
borer, or approved substitute. If radar was available, that would be best.
But I see this case as a shot across the bow--they should call you in
before another one of those old, old trees kills someone. Oh yes, I almost
forgot--would you and the crew care to discuss the common misconceptions
found in arborist's reports such as "The tree was perfectly healthy but was
rotten inside." And "The wind (or God, or softened soil, or the uptake of
water adding weight, ad nauseam) *caused* the tree to fall?

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