The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is addressing the critical urban forest resource management issues of tree failure and risk in coastal Georgia and equipping community leaders with essential tools to proactively manage the health and sustainability of their urban forests.
International consultant, Mark Duntemann of Natural Path Urban Forestry in Vermont will address misconceptions among community leaders about the price of prevention v. the risk of costly litigation. Mark will discuss proactive management and the benefits of retaining healthy trees that pose low risk, and why and how to prioritize trees of the highest risk, based on city size and budget. This information can save cities thousands of dollars in tree value and benefits.
An important one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Midway, Georgia at the Coastal Electric Cooperative to help community leaders understand genuine tree risks, benefits, and current tree risk management strategies that are reasonable and defensible. The objectives of the Coastal Georgia Tree Risk Management project are to help cities:
- Recognize that the benefits of trees outweigh the perceived risk.
- Reduce the potential for human, home and property damage.
- Be prepared to defend the tree program if a tree-related incident occurs.
- Understand the ramifications of managing tree risk in a reactive way. Demonstrate due diligence and a proactive approach through "As Low As Reasonably Practical" (ALARP) concepts.
- Learn what to do and who to call. Consult an ISA Certified Arborist.
Join us! This workshop is for city and county managers, arborists, tree board members, city council members and public works directors.
Register at www.georgiaarborist.org.
Trees: Reduce the risk. It's feasible, it's reasonable, it's your duty! #treerisk