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How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees

"How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees was written to help people identify potential problems with trees. Trees with serious defects can pose an extreme hazard and should be treated with caution. The best way to correct a hazardous tree is to hire a professional arborist. Information in this publication can help to identify trees that require attention.

"Trees add to our enjoyment of outdoor experiences whether in forests, parks, or urban landscapes. Too often, we are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in hazard tree management has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents. Recognizing hazardous trees and taking proper corrective actions can protect property and save lives.

"A 'hazard tree' is a tree with structural defects likely to cause failure of all or part of the tree, which could strike a 'target'. A target can be a vehicle, building, or a place where people gather such as a park bench, picnic table, street, or backyard."

How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees

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Risk Assessment and Hazard
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National
Keywords
Cracks, Risk, Risk assessment, Leaf characteristics, Leaner, Deadwood, Included bark
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