Thank you for visiting our website. Our objectives are
to introduce ourselves to you and to make available as much up to date,
scientifically researched tree information as possible.Before you read anything
further in this site, I must stress one fact;
"When Dealing With Living Organisms, Prevention is
ALWAYS Cheaper than Remedy"
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We believe that trees in our yards, streets, parks and
communities are exceedingly important because of all the things they do
and what they represent to us. However trees growing in an urban environment
are generally growing under very hostile and un-natural conditions. They
are subjected to stresses, injuries and restrictions they would not naturally
encounter in a forest, and therefore require the best of care available.
At the same time as the trees
are being subjected to these stresses we are increasing populations of people
in close proximity to them and frequent conflicts arise between needs of
the trees and perceived needs of people. We feel our job and our responsibility
is to help resolve those conflicts, using the most up to date knowledge
and technologies available to us, and, at the same time not risk creating
greater problems for trees or people.
We do not look to simple solutions,
answers or fixes to problems, rather we try to look at causes of problems
and then work to remedy them from there. We try to adopt a broad management
approach where we take into consideration all of the component parts of
a problem and relate the interactions between them.
Despite all our successes we
are still proud to call ourselves students, we do not want to claim we know
it all, we enjoy learning too much for that, hence we allocate a substantial
amount of our annual budget for ongoing education and new, updated publications.
of the services we offer and subjects to which we provide information are:
Tree Inspections and
Hazard Evaluation: A process for determining the health and
structural condition of a tree. This is done in order to assess the potential
liabilities that could be incurred if any part of the tree failed (broke
or gave way).
on Construction and Development Sites: A system for selecting
and protecting trees from damage caused by construction equipment and site
changes, from initial planning through completion of the project.
A method of establishing a monetary value of a tree in terms other than
the value of its products. The process involves looking at the aesthetic
value of the tree and its function in the landscape, rather than the value
of the saw logs, firewood or other products that could be derived from it.
Slope Stabilization: Management
of trees and other vegetation on unstable cliffs, bluffs and steep slopes,
in order to reduce the likelihood of erosion or landslides.
Restoration: Identification of the treatment or work required
to overcome the effects of neglect or physical damage inflicted on trees.
/ View conflicts: Managing trees and other vegetation in
areas where conflicts exist between established plants and potential views.
Tree Work Specification Writing:
Writing specific details of work to be performed on trees, using National
Industry Standards (ANSI A300, Tree, Shrub and Other Woody Plant Maintenance-Standard
Practices), which can be clearly understood by a qualified contractor. The
format of the document would normally be immediately usable in order to
solicit competitive bids for tree work. Specifications would be written
in a manner that would preclude the possibility of work being performed
that would be detrimental to the tree.
The business office is located in
Northwestern Washington, near Seattle and can be reached by email at
or by phone at (360) 452-8733 or
by fax at (360) 452-0836
We would appreciate any feedback
or response in respect of the web page.
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