Tree Health and Risk Assessment
Safety is a primary consideration for tree management in urban areas. Trees are considered hazardous when they have structural defects which make them prone to failure which could cause personal injury or property damage.
Michael is professionally trained in assessment of tree health, risk and hazards. He uses the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) best practice methods (TRAQ) and Visual Tree Assessments (VTA) to identify externals signs of decay, structural defects, physical damage and site conditions which impact tree health and vigour.
Tools are used to detect defects in the root crown, trunk, branches and branch unions which can increase the risk of harm to people and property. Where necessary, we work with colleagues to provide specialist diagnostic tests such as Picus Sonic Tomograph tests for internal decay detection.
Michael can advise on management options to correct tree hazards and minimise the risk of harm from tree or branch failure. These include tree pruning, cabling and bracing, tree removal, target management and tree health improvements.
Tree pruning specifications can be prepared including crown thinning and remedial (restorative), selective, reduction and formative pruning. These are prepared according to the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees.
Our tree health and risk assessment projects include:
- Tree health assessment, report, remediation and monitoring program for Norfolk Island pines Byron Bay following severe hail storm damage
- Tree risk assessment & report for a significantly leaning Pink Bloodwood with a large wound, heartwood cracks, wood separation and termites, Illuka
- Tree risk assessment & report for a Red Ash with lower structural root severed, open decay cavity column extending up the stem, and gradual stem curve (bow) indicating downslope soil creep and potential slope instability, Dorrigo
- Tree risk assessments and reports for over 1200 trees at 8 Public Schools – Ballina, Brunswick Heads, Modanville, Tregeagle, Goolmangar, Coraki, Woodenbong & Urbenville
- Tree risk assessment of two very large Strangler Figs near a rural residence, Dalwood via Ballina
- Tree risk assessment of a Scribbly Gum with substantial dead xylem heartwood, Byron Bay
- Assessment of wood decay in camphor laurel adjacent to a building, Wollongbar
- Tree risk assessment of Silky Oak, Alstonville
- Tree health and risk assessment of Flooded Gum with co-dominant stems, Lismore
- Tree risk assessment in Crown Land neighboring private residences, Maclean
- Tree Health Assessment & Arborist report for four large pines, NSW Trustee & Guardian, Lismore
- Assessment of proposed tree removal and pruning of roadside trees and tree clumps between Dirty Creek and Coolangatta for the Far North Coast Hazard Trees Program
- Tree risk and pruning assessment for a large Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) affected by lightening and leaning over a road, Richmond Hill via Lismore
- Tree risk assessment & report for numerous trees as part of proposed residential development, Wollongbar
- Tree risk assessment and report for 130 trees, Blue Hills College, Goonellabah via Lismore
- Tallowwood tree health and remedial pruning assessment, Lismore Heights
- Tulipwood tree health assessment, St Andrews Village, Ballina
- Tree health and phytophthora assessment, coast cypress pines and grass tree communities, Jali Aboriginal Land Council, Wardell
- Liquidambar Visual Tree Assessment (VTA), East Lismore
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