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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 13, Issue 12 — December 1987

Tree Health Management: Evaluating Trees for Hazard    (View PDF)

E. Michael Sharon

Abstract: Many trees in our cities and urban areas are getting older. Planted at the turn of the century as civic improvements, they are potential hazards today. We are living in an era of increasing lawsuits. Currently one private lawsuit (for any reason) is filed for every fifteen Americans. City and urban foresters need knowledge on how to properly evaluate trees for hazard. A unique Tree Health Management (THMS) program teaches the art of hazard tree evaluation. Concordant focusing, questioning and visualization guided by common sense are the basics of tree hazard evaluation.


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