Tree risk & Vegetation management plans
Tree Risk Management Plans
All trees no matter how long lived will eventually succumb to decline and gradually collapse and decompose. Trees die from a myriad of causes however within an urban environment a particularly common cause of tree death is alterations to their surrounding environment e.g. compaction, changes in hydrology etc. Trees, especially mature or over-mature trees are not as resilient as their younger counterparts and are less tolerant of changes within their environment. These mature to over-mature trees are generally physically larger specimens and as such have the potential to cause serious damage to property or injury to people should they fail partially or completely.
Risk management of amenity trees is a well-established concept in the management of public spaces. Our Consulting Arborist formally worked as one of the Tree Protection Officers at Port Macquarie Hastings Council assessing possible risk of council managed trees and establishing above industry standards solutions for their on going management. Whilst risk can never be completely eliminated a successful tree risk management plan can provide a systematic approach to implement corrective actions within a reasonable time frame.
Invested stakeholders have the responsibility to create and maintain a safe environment whether it is the grey (built) or green (urban forest.) In recent years there have been significant advancements in the field of tree hazard assessment. These techniques and procedures can be used to effectively minimise the risk of damage to property and personal injury associated with tree failures. Tree risk management involves the process of inspecting and assessing trees for their potential to cause damage to property or injury to people. A rating system is applied to describe a tree’s potential for failure such as; low to high risk. A time line for works required to reduce or eliminate the risk is then provided. A high-risk situation may require immediate works whilst a low risk situation may require works within the next 12-24 months.
Vegetation Management Plans
Are you a stakeholder or manager of large pockets of vegetation and looking to minimise your maintenance costs and get the best possible results from your investment? Vegetation Management Plans (VMPs) are an essential tool for any property with a large portion of vegetation and high human occupation such as local municipals, golf courses, resorts, caravan parks, schools and universities.
In simple terms, the goal of Vegetation Management Plans is to provide a plan of management for established vegetation at a site, to enhance and expose the full potential of vegetation and minimise long-term expenses and unnecessary retention of poor performing species and emergency call-out costs.