Meeting of Experts
A team of industry experts met on May 3, 2012 following the Western Chapter of ISA conference to review the document.
The goals of the meeting were to ensure the guide was sufficient, scalable, and user friendly; gaps were addressed; and next steps were identified.
- Colleen Carroll, NatureTalks, HI
- Stephen Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting, CA
- Dave Dockter, City of Palo Alto, CA
- Kevin Eckert, Arbor Global, Smart Trees Pacific, HI
- Bill Heriford, Davey Tree Surgery Company, CA
- Sandy Macias, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, CA
- Gordon Mann, Mann Made Resources, CA
- Mark Mead, City of Seattle, WA
- Jack McCabe, Davey Resource Group, CA
- Teresa Trueman-Madriaga, Smart Trees Pacific, HI
- Alan Yue, Facilitator, Premier Network System, CA
The experts made specific recommendations for the guide. Their recommendations included:
- Urban forestry emergency managers need to be at the table when decisions are being made about the management, selection, planting and storm preparedness for trees in their community.
- An appropriate effective safety program must be developed to properly address safety issues during and immediately following a storm event.
- Planning will help an organization mitigate, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster in a timely and cost effective manner.
- A strong communications plan must be developed to communicate within and outside the department, company and/or municipality.
- Contracts ensure adequate support with sufficient personnel, proper equipment, and adequate qualifications to address storm conditions.
- Mutual Aid Agreements (MAAs)allow for the procurement of resources when needed. Urban forestry should be included in the mutual aid agreements that are made by the municipality. Additionally urban foresters need to be at the table when municipalities/cities negotiate MAAs.
- If you manage or are responsible for trees in the urban forest you must have a seat at the ICS table during planning, exercise, and response; not just after the fact.
- Have an inventory of trees in your community. Know what you have and for what you are responsible. To effectively manage and address tree related damage you have to know the tree’s composition, location, and condition.
- Training ensures competent personnel who can safely and cost effectively prepare for, reduce risk and damage, and respond to tree related problems resulting from natural disaster events.
- Natural disasters can generate exceptionally large volumes of debris containing trees, toxic materials and other waste. All urban forestry managers must be prepared to cost effectively manage vegetative debris.
- Have an understanding of predicted weather events and patterns and consider more recent extreme weather events and how they can impact your community. This will help organizations prepare for and respond to a storm event.