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. Because of the natural variability
of trees, the severity of their defects, and the different
sites upon which they grow, evaluating trees for hazardous
defects can be a complex process. Inspecting trees for potential
hazard liability is one of the most important components
of any tree management system.
Prioritizing risk hazards, budgeting for their
removal and developing a timetable for action is critical to
protect the safety of those who live, work or relax near trees.
Many tools are available for assessing potential hazard trees
and managing their removal from the landscape