A300 TREE CARE STANDARDS
What are tree care "standards"?
What good are these standards?
- Standards are specific principles or criteria, established
by authority or convention.
- Tree care standards are being developed by American National Standards
Institute (ANSI), the primary US organization fostering the
development of technology standards.
- ANSI is working along with representatives of the nursery, landscape,
and tree care industries, as well as university researchers.
- Here are the standards currently available:
- ANSI A300 Part 1:--Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance--Standard
- ANSI A300 Part 2:--Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance--Standard
- ANSI A300 Part 3:--Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance--Standard
Practices (Support Systems: Cabling, Bracing, and Guying)
- ANSI A300 Part 4:--Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance--Standard
Practices (Lightning Protection)
- To begin with, they provide a uniform vocabulary for tree care.
- The standards also clarify the job to be done, protecting
- In addition, using them will promote good arboricultural practices.
Tree care terms and techniques are defined carefully, and their appropriate
use is explained.
How do you use them?
"Work to be done in compliance with the A300 Tree Care Standards"
- These standards should be used in all relevant tree care contracts.
- Anyone contracting for tree service, whether for private,
corporate, institutional, or public trees, should add the following sentence
to any agreement:
Where can I get more information?
To buy the standards, contact: International
Society of Arboriculture, PO Box 3129, Champaign IL 61826-3129. Tel.
(217) 355-9411, or Tree
Care Industry Association, 3 Perimeter Road, Unit
1, Manchester, NH 03103. Tel. (800) 733-2622. Overview by Hilmann,
Andy. 2000. "ANSI A300." City
Trees. 36:1. For other information, advice and help on this
topic, call offices of your State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University
Extension service,or visit urban forestry web sites.
- Any one supplying tree service should write the bid using the
standard terms in a standard manner (such as "cleaning" or "salt index").
- Also, tree care professionals should follow the standards to demonstrate
that they follow a specific and carefully considered program of tree management
that is considered the norm for the industry.
- "Best Management Practices" booklets have been published by the ISA as aids in the interpretation
and implementation of the ANSI A300 guidelines.