Preparing Your Urban Forest for the Next Storm

Wind, ice, snow and wildfires can leave a city a mess. The snow and ice storms we experienced in western Washington earlier this year knocked out power lines and littered sidewalks, business districts and streets with limbs. Trees that were otherwise healthy and strong may have been damaged, and more frequently, the unhealthy and more … Continue reading Preparing Your Urban Forest for the Next Storm

Tree Inventory Data Needed for State Pest Readiness Work

Avid Tree Link readers may recall our announcement of the "Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook", back in November, 2019, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, The playbook is a tool to prepare communities for potential outbreaks of invasive pests through self-assessments of readiness, as well as suggested follow-up actions to improve readiness. It … Continue reading Tree Inventory Data Needed for State Pest Readiness Work

Tree Inventory Data Needed for State Pest Readiness Work

Avid Tree Link readers may recall our announcement of the "Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook", back in November, 2019, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, The playbook is a tool to prepare communities for potential outbreaks of invasive pests through self-assessments of readiness, as well as suggested follow-up actions to improve readiness. It … Continue reading Tree Inventory Data Needed for State Pest Readiness Work

Timely Tree Tips: Summer Limb Drop

Any arborist worth their sawdust will tell you that trees have a greater tendency to break where structural defects are present, or during storms with high winds and precipitation. …but then there is summer limb drop (SLD) -- also known as ‘sudden’ limb drop which is equally appropriate. This poorly-understood phenomenon defies conventional thinking about … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips: Summer Limb Drop

State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Forest Pests in August

This article reprinted from a news release issued by the Washington Invasive Species Council on August 8, 2016. Four state agencies and a university are asking residents to check trees in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August. August is the peak time of year to find … Continue reading State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Forest Pests in August

Are You Ready for EAB?

EAB stands for emerald ash borer, an invasive, exotic, wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees regardless of species, size, age, or health. EAB hasn't arrived in Washington state yet but all indications suggest that it will in time. The emerald ash borer, native to China, was first discovered in Michigan in the summer of 2002--likely … Continue reading Are You Ready for EAB?

Firewise Workshops for your Community

Part I: What is Firewise The Firewise Program has its origins in the 1985 fire season during which 1,400 homes were destroyed making fire managers acutely aware that the “wildland urban interface” where residences mix with undeveloped forest and open lands was an unavoidable reality of contemporary firefighting. It's also a problem that it is national … Continue reading Firewise Workshops for your Community

2015 Spokane Windstorm: Aftermath and Next Steps

The windstorm that impacted Spokane and the surrounding region on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, will go down in the record books. Winds gusted up to 71 miles per hour in Spokane according to AccuWeather.com. The Greater Spokane Department of Emergency Management issued a “Shelter in Place” bulletin around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Two people in … Continue reading 2015 Spokane Windstorm: Aftermath and Next Steps

WA Labor & Industries Offers Conference for Arborists

Washington Department of Labor and Industries is offering a half-day conference in several locations around the state to address issues related to injury statistics, worker's compensation, claim rates, and health and safety risk classification categories for those in the tree care industry. "Businesses in the tree care and pruning industry continue to express concern about fellow … Continue reading WA Labor & Industries Offers Conference for Arborists

Anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Wind storms are part of living in Washington state, but were you around when the Columbus Day Storm hit in 1962? Considered the ‘granddaddy of all windstorms’ in these parts, the storm claimed 46 lives (7 in Washington state) and injured hundreds more. In the Willapa Hills of southwestern Washington, a wind gust of 160 miles per … Continue reading Anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Council Communique’ — Don’t Blame the Trees!

Here in Washington we live in the “Evergreen State,” named for our beautiful Douglas fir, Western hemlock, ponderosa pine, and many other evergreen conifers. In addition to conifers, our state is blessed with a number of native and introduced deciduous trees, especially in urban areas. We enjoy the beauty and majesty of trees and find value in … Continue reading Council Communique’ — Don’t Blame the Trees!