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!

Council Communique’ – Are You on TRAQ?

Tree Risk Assessment: Are You on TRAQ? As my grandfather once told me, "Never turn down the opportunity to continually educate yourself about your chosen career." The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recently launched the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course or TRAQ. I attended the course in April and walked away feeling that I had … Continue reading Council Communique’ – Are You on TRAQ?

The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning

by Micki McNaughton, Urban Forestry Special Projects Coordinator Investing in care for young trees is a low-cost way to reduce future costs—and future risk. Proper planting, watering, mulching, and pruning ensures that trees grow to maturity in good health and sound structure. Let’s take a look at pruning in particular, the most common service purchased … Continue reading The High Costs of Deferred Tree Pruning

Coordinator’s Corner – Preparing for Storms

Washington is no stranger to winter storms, but early winter storms (late fall, really) are particularly devastating. Leaves are still on trees means added stress, when full canopies mix with heavy wind and rain. Proactively, good structural pruning of young trees will eliminate most of the common failures we see during winter storms; defects like … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner – Preparing for Storms

Managing Trees in your Community: Risk Management Tools Available

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 … Continue reading Managing Trees in your Community: Risk Management Tools Available