FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (BOOTHBAY HARBOR, ME – OCTOBER 23, 2018)
CONTACT: Bob Stanley (207-350-1606)
Robert Stanley, Consulting Arborist and owner of Tree Keepers, LLC in Easton, MD, spoke to urban forestry professionals at the Community Forestry Conference in Tulsa, OK, on the cost of not maintaining trees in the urban forest.
Stanley is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, a Certified Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, a licensed Maryland Tree Expert, and a Maryland Master Naturalist. In his talk, Stanley identified the elements of an urban forest maintenance framework, described the components used in assessing the costs and benefits of urban trees, summarized thresholds for determining optimal pruning cycles; and evaluated the link between tree maintenance activities and urban forest benefits.
He comments, “Most people get excited about new things, like cars, buildings, and yes, newly planted trees. But what was once new, soon becomes old, and with age comes the question of maintenance. Preventive or proactive maintenance sets the stage to provide greater service life, and if done correctly, preventive maintenance should cost less than delaying maintenance.” He adds, “For properly planted and maintained trees, a greater, overall value of the urban forest is a likely result. Human nature, however, means that we may often ask: Why maintain today what we can delay until another day? Indeed, what’s the worst that can happen—except, possibly, paying more later than what we would pay in the present.”
Stanley covered the types of forest maintenance (e.g., pruning, nutrient management, removal); who performs the maintenance activity (e.g., public, private, professional, citizen, nonprofit); the intensity or how much maintenance is done; the frequency or how often the maintenance is done; and the duration or for how long the maintenance activities are performed.
He comments, “Maintenance considerations ideally begin before planting. Selecting a plant during the design phase that is compatible with a site helps prevent future conflicts requiring maintenance.”
Other issues covered in the presentation included the benefits of pruning, watering during tree establishment, and pest management.
Stanley concludes, “The cost of not maintaining trees results in a loss of net benefits from urban trees.”
For further information or to arrange for Stanley to speak, contact Bob Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-770-9477. Further information is also available on his website thetreekeepers.com.
CAPTION: Pictured is Bob Stanley, Tree Keepers Consulting Arborist, who spoke to urban forestry professionals at the Community Forestry Conference in Tulsa, OK, on “The Cost of Not Maintaining Trees in the Urban Forest.”