Climbing trees is one of those activities that brings back childhood memories - whether it was during a recess period at school or climbing one of your parent’s trees. They provide shade, shelter from the rain or snow, and other benefits depending on the species. However, there are safety risks associated with trees such as falling, insect infestation, or being exposed to harmful species (I.e., poison oak) or fungi.
Tree risk assessment is a process used by homeowners or property managers to identify potentially hazardous trees and make informed decisions regarding their pruning or removal. There are two major considerations when evaluating a tree’s risk level: stability and hazard potential.
Stability is determined by, but not limited to, assessing the health of the tree’s trunk, root system, branches, and foliage — such as if it is shedding limbs or leaves or has any other signs of infirmity or decay.
Hazard potential is determined by assessing whether any objects may come into contact with the tree — such as nearby power or utility lines. This assessment also considers what would happen if the tree were to fall (such as onto a building) as well as how large it would grow before it reaches its full maturity.