Tree risk assessment is a systematic process to identify the potential of a tree to fail under normal conditions, identify and evaluate potential targets, determine potential consequences of a failure, and provide options to manage the risk.
Hazardous tree failures regularly lead to property damage and personal injury. To address this issue the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) established a program to systematically evaluate the likelihood for property damage or personal injury posed by hazardous trees. This qualification is an assessment-based certificate program, in tree risk assessment called Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).
The training program details for arborists how the tools and methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment are applied in real life situations. By earning this qualification a Boulder tree service professional can implement a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. Then the manager (homeowner, land manager, city forester, etc.) and tree care professional can make educated decisions to manage the risk.
Some of the topics covered include; Introduction to tree risk assessment, levels of assessment, target assessment, site assessment, tree biology and mechanics, tree inspection and assessment, data analysis, risk categorization, mitigation and reporting.
Dave Walker owner of Walker Tree Care, a leader in Boulder tree service is a currently licensed arborist with the TRAQ Qualification in Boulder, Louisville, Erie, Longmont, Broomfield, Westminster, Lafayette, Lyons and Niwot. If you live in one of these areas and feel you have a hazardous tree, Dave can evaluate the risk, help you identify the level of risk that you are comfortable with, and provide suggestions for mitigation of the risk.