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Re: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS Civil cases for nuisance or damage to property

Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS Civil cases for nuisance or damage to property
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Jan 15 2020 01:32:51
Dave (if that's your real name), I quite agree about the importance of
specifics with respect to cases, provided individuals are left out. I
believe that the Moderator is correct to eschew personal exchanges like ad
hominem attacks. When discussing matters in the abstract, I believe that it
is the responsibility of the discussants to be directly responsive to the
points made by the other correspondent, and quoting same in the "reply"
otherwise it is not *responsive*, by definition. This includes avoiding
restatements that distort or misrepresent the other's statement. That is,
one should quote the statement to be discussed, discuss it, wait for a like
response, then reconcile the issue(s) if not resolve them. I consider it
poor form to "bait" the other discussant(s).

For example, to your statement: "Precise, reasoned and easily repliable
[sic] are the way to go" I would add *relevant*. [*Je ne parl pa Francias*]

If you would like to discuss a specific issue about arboricultural
practice, please discuss the merits and validity of the practices, for
example, of "lion-tailing," "top-hatting," and "lacing" (all US terms; they
may be used in the UK too, for all I know).

Cheers,
Wayne

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 4:07 PM oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net <
uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> wrote:

Wayne, I appreciate what you say, and I am very much interested in the
mechanics of argument.

I imagine that your 'expert' dismissal is down to the Dunning-Kruger
effect where people of little knowledge on a subject think themselves as
massive experts because they talk about it a lot.

(on the other hand, people being immensely knowledgeable, tend to avoid
giving comment because they know of the lack of DATA to ensure a reliable
answer).

We are beginning to get well Batman philosophical here, but my point would
be that on a moderately technical and ethical forum such as this, we need
to post fairly direct comments and make our questions or criticisms very
pointed.

Precise, reasoned and easily repliable are the way to go.

Cheers

Dave

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Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS Civil
cases for nuisance or damage to property

Perhaps, Dave, you misunderstood. My remark was not aimed at any
particular person, only a category--that, by the way, covers every "expert,"
regardless of what field the individual might be out standing in. If you
read my remarks carefully, I hope you will find that this is clearly so.
Henry Wheeler Shaw put it this way: "The worst kind of ignerance ain't so
much not knowin' as 'tis knowin' so much that ain't so."

Apparently I was wrong, but I presumed that every tree professional would
agree with the statement, since (I presumed they would all believe)  none
of us knows everything. As Margaret Mead once put it: "The most important
thing to know is what you don't know."

So my statement was not aimed at those, while perhaps possessing a lot of
knowledge in a particular field, do not consider themselves omniscient (the
fools to which I was referring), but continuing scholars advancing
knowledge and exchanging ideas through forums such as this one. I'm
certain, Dave, that you know many things that I do not. I would hope that
we could continue to discuss principles without interpreting each others
remarks as a personal offense, and thus gain in the exchange.

Wayne

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 2:14 PM oldoaktree@xxxxxxxxx.net <
uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> wrote:

Nicely shot from the hip there Wayne, but you rub a lot of peoples
noses in the dirt there.

Talk like "show me an expert and I'll show you a fool" doesn't really
gell very well with any of us who might have some expertise in certain
areas.

If you want to make a criticism, then please make it clear, specific
and recognisable. Scattergun approaches do not help your position.

Ta

Dave

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Wayne Tyson
Sent: 14 January 2020 20:30
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS
Civil cases for nuisance or damage to property

Then "arbs" have a long way to go. "They" haven't scratched the
surface of science, and if by "judgment" you mean "experience," they
are settling for far too little. There are WAGs and SWAGs, but show me
some DATA! That is, *discipline*! Where are the actual studies that
can back up "judgment?" I can't find 'em. The tree professions *can*
get better and better, if the individuals in it want to. Show me an
"expert" and I'll show you a fool. At the very least, the profession
can move from "imminent" to recognizing unstoppable trends.

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM Jim Quaife
<jq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
wrote:

Nice idea Wayne, but no chance of enactment. By and large root
systems are over-designed in nature, and root severance is a matter
of judgement and not law.  BS5837 advocates the removal of perhaps
two-thirds of a tree's root system. There are any number of
instances where roots have been severed to an extent that raises
eyebrows and yet the tree doesn't miss a beat.
Of course there are converse examples, but I have been in situations
where a single root is deemed to be important and when one looks at
what else is sustaining the tree, that notion is frankly ridiculous.
Like everything else to do with trees, root severance is a matter of
judgement and justification.  This is an arb's stock in trade!
Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info [mailto:
uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Wayne Tyson
Sent: 14 January 2020 18:38
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS
Civil cases for nuisance or damage to property

The main "practical" point is that there should be a law prohibiting
the severance of tree roots. Of course, we all know that's not going
to happen, but it should be done with full knowledge of the
consequences, and under permit that requires real data on the
potential consequences (including
liability) derived from sound scientific procedures (e.g., tritium
tracing or approved equal [For the record, I have not performed this
procedure, only read about it.]). What is not well understood is the
complex nature of the radial root system development in all
directions from the stem/trunk in relation to tree health and
structural stability. What really provides resistance to
toppling/uprooting is the fine-root matrix that extends to and
beyond the "drip-line" of the tree and whether or not meristematic
tissue is present to facilitate "recovery" of the severed roots, which
is limited to fine roots.
Anchoring roots tend, in many if not most species, to lack such
tissue, and their severance kills the attached finer roots that
actually provide the resistance. Big roots lacking the capacity to
recover do not, by themselves, provide much resistance--root "pruners,"
listen up! Loss of resistance is essentially permanent, and the load
continues to increase as the tree grows. At the very least, such a
practice does not increase resistance (root-system "strength").

Here is a link of relevance I recently discovered by one of our (US)
best arborists. It should be noted that while it may be an absurdly
extreme case, tree failure potential can be significantly induced by
far
less.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFqU2kBlxkI

WT

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 4:33 AM Harrison, Sean <
Sean.Harrison@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk> wrote:

Nice one Wayne;
I shall use that next time an insurance company wants a 200 year
old tree removed because roots are damaging the foundations of a
70 year old
house.
Sean



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Subject: [EXTERNAL] Tree failure potential assessment study WAS
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 Mike Charkow,

Somewhat tongue-in-cheek but (contrarily and seriously), I might
suggest that the construction of the fence and slab might have
caused damage and
to
the root system and compromised its integrity, possibly
compromising the tree's well-being and shortening the tree's life,
not to mention
weakening
the tree's ability to support itself constitutionally and
physically, as well as the slab depriving the root system of air
and water, thus causing the root system to favor the part of the
soil profile nearest the
surface,
i.e., the slab as well as possible or probable damage to the root
system
by
the digging of fencepost pits, not to mention the installation of
underground facilities such as foundations, utility facilities, etc.

On the other hand, the planting of a large-growing tree in a
location close to a property line by someone who knew or should
have known that it would encroach upon an adjacent property might
also be questioned. If the tree was natural, both owner and
neighbor might be guilty (as if there
were
any justice for Nature's voiceless) of  compromising the tree's
rights to the quiet enjoyment of its home and sustenance, as well
as expectations
of
freedom from injury.

I'll be interested to know (and get links to) any cases and
judgments. Do tree's have standing?

Wayne



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