The Society of Municipal Arborists recently announced new urban forestry risk management tools available to community forestry managers.

The vegetative risk management tools project was  funded with assistance from the U. S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. It was developed as a collaboration tool to engage urban forestry professionals and emergency managers on a regional level to develop Vegetative Risk Management Plans (VRMP). The goals of a VRMP are to reduce the impact of storms on the urban forest, lessen personal injuries and property damage, and decrease emergency management cost.

In addition to a Vegetation Risk Management Template, detailed instructions on how to develop the associated GIS tool, the Urban Tree Risk Index (UTRI), are provided. The UTRI is a GIS tool that models tree risk zones, prioritizes tree risk assessments, creates a worksheet for use in the field for verification of action necessary for mitigation, and assists decision makers in identifying debris staging areas.

All the information can be found on the SMA website.

This tree was removed shortly after the split was discovered. Good structural pruning early in a tree's life can help prevent this kind of defect.
This tree was removed shortly after the split was discovered. Good structural pruning early in a tree’s life can help prevent this kind of defect.