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RE: Taking the 'defect' out of tree risk assessment

Subject: RE: Taking the 'defect' out of tree risk assessment
From: Philip van Wassenaer
Date: Jan 07 2021 17:13:27
I would disagree. Defect is a wholly negative term and its use in 
arboriculture often leads to drastic and unnecessary actions. One defect, 
maybe OK, two defects, getting worse...etc. , and eventually "oh this tree is 
a hazard and needs removal, don’t stand under it Mrs. Smith" . 

If you could ask any gnarly old tree with all sorts of natural aging features 
if it was defective, surely the tree would say no. They are just features and 
don’t immediately translate to risk elevation. Many of these features form 
unique habitat for associated species that have coevolved with the trees.

If we are going to evaluate and scale the severity of features (and call them 
)defects we also then need to up our game at evaluating and crediting 
compensation...trees do this!

I also like to say that we need a balance. If defects and risk are on one 
side, we must also consider, benefits to us (cause that’s why we like to 
plant and keep trees among us) , habitat values for nature and the extent to 
which compensation mitigates the potential risk of a feature on the other 
side of the scale. 

Lets not look at trees with our defective blinders firmly on....

My 2 cents.

Philip van Wassenaer, B.SC., MFC
Urban Forest Innovations Inc.
1331 Northaven Drive
Mississauga ON L5G 4E8
Tel:  (905) 274-1022
Cell: (647) 221-3046
Fax: (905) 274-2170


www.urbanforestinnovations.com

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Subject: Re: Taking the 'defect' out of tree risk assessment

I would agree with Jon that it is not helpful to get too hung up on 
semantics.  Defect is a useful term as it descriptive - it is a feature of 
the tree that requires further action to be taken.

No matter what the language is, there will still be many arbs who mis-label 
features and specify work where it is not required.  And I also think Judges 
are intelligent enough to see past terminology to look at facts; that is 
their job after all.

Mike Charkow




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