As a property manager, having access to a complete list of the trees you manage and a digital map identifying each tree’s location is a powerful asset. A Geographic Information System (GIS) map and list of trees enforces good planning and stewardship that will reduce your liability, increase public safety, and lower overall maintenance costs.
This is why an increasing number of property managers are looking to professional arborists for assistance with cataloguing and mapping trees on their property.
Customize Data To Track Your Goals
Tree owners and managers decide to keep detailed records of trees on their property for many reasons. Most will use the information to help them manage their trees in a more efficient way. Some will focus on keeping track of their tree population and the defects and risk associated with each tree.
While nearly all trees pose some level of risk, most property owners will prioritize trees based on the risk they pose. A computerized list of tree needs, and a map showing the location of each tree needing service, will ease the challenges associated with managing populations of trees.
Inventories can help city arborists that manage thousands of city-owned trees, home owner associations that manage a few hundred trees, or a homeowner that wants details about their tree collection at their home.
Hansen’s certified arborists can customize your Tree Inventory & Risk Assessment to track the data that is important to you. Some options can include:
- Basic Inventory — Create a list of trees and their needs combined with a digital map of the tree locations.
- Risk Assessment — Assess the trees on your property to determine the risks each pose to people or structures. This proactive step can be used to identify preventative maintenance needs and reduce insurance liability should an accident occur.
- Maintenance Requirements — Easily track all maintenance requirements for each tree on your property ranging from basic pruning & mulching to more intensive procedures like cabling or even removal.
- Eco-Benefits and Appraised Value — Determine how each tree is impacting the environment by calculating a variety of factors, including storm water runoff reduction and pollution removal. Calculate appraised tree values for insurance or litigation.
Custom Tree Inventory & Risk Assessments provide valuable insight to property owners by offering a professional evaluation that can help keep your visitors, customers and employees safe, optimize landscape services, reduce liability and more.
Hansen’s Tree Risk Assessments
Skip Kincaid is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (MW-0155BM) that worked with ISA to develop the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and teaches the TRAQ credential to arborists throughout the country. He has ample experience with inventory projects that include historic sites managed by the National Park Service, such as the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York and the Lincoln Home Historic Site in Springfield, IL.
Other sites involve university campuses, corporate sites, recreation areas, camp sites, military bases, and residential properties.
You can utilize this expertise to assess trees and prepares written reports or even receive expert witness testimony on the topic if required.