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Urban Tree Risk Management:A Community Guide to Program Design and Implementation


Jill Pokorny
Joseph O'Brien
Richard Hauer
Gary Johnson
Jana Albers
Peter Bedker
Manfred Mielke



Publication type:

Technical Bulletin

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station




Urban Tree Risk Management: A Community Guide to Program Design and Implementation is a fully illustrated, easy to read training manual written for community leaders, administrators, city foresters, parks and public works staff, and private tree care practitioners. The manual is designed to assist communities design, adopt and implement tree risk management programs, and train field staff to detect, assess, and correct hazardous defects in urban trees. A team of experts in urban forestry, plant pathology and forest health collaborated to produce this manual. Consulting arborists, city foresters, and educators provided extensive review to ensure the information applies to communities of varying sizes and budgets. Examples of tree defects, risk rating systems, and species selection were chosen to depict tree species and conditions that occur in the Northeastern U.S.


Pokorny, Jill; O'Brien, Joseph; Hauer, Richard; Johnson, Gary; Albers, Jana; Bedker, Peter; Mielke, Manfred. 2003. Urban Tree Risk Management:A Community Guide to Program Design and Implementation. USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry 1992 Folwell Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108

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