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Role of Professional Arborists in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

A presentation to the Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Roundtable on tree risk management, professional arborists, and disaster preparedness.

This presentation is designed for arborists and urban foresters; consulting, commercial, utility, and municipal.
The presentation will discuss the risk management role that arborists can play in disaster planning & preparedness and recovery efforts of the Urban Forest Strike Teams (UFST).
Some ideas, concepts, and slides presented are attributed to Rachel Barker (formally with Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission) who is now a utility arborist with ArborMetrics Solutions (transmission and distribution vegetation management services) based on work she did from 2010-2013. This included the Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index (UTRI) GIS tool.
The discussion on UFST has been heavily influenced by the work of Paul Revell (U&CF Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry) over the past 6 years in the development of the UFST disaster recovery process.

Date Released/Presented
Feb 20, 2014
Risk Assessment and Hazard, ANSI Standards
Tree risk, Disaster Planning, NOVA
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