A tree survey is more than just making a little list of the trees in your yard. It is also much more than just saving trees from a tree removal. Through tree place surveys, ISA-certified Arborists such as ourselves perform some important tree-related inspection activities, such as: determining tree risk for hazards, identifying vulnerable areas of tree history and need for future protection and maintenance, assessing tree health, identifying areas of tree weakness, and identifying trees that could be restored or removed to improve landscape aesthetics. These and other tree-related activities, performed by certified arborists, help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) achieve its tree planting goals.
Trees cover a large area in our country and provide a diverse landscape. Not only do they provide visual beauty and increase the value of your home, but they also play an important role in maintaining the soil, air quality, water quality and wildlife habitat they are a part of. Trees are essential elements in the ecological process and eco-system. The loss or destruction of trees significantly impacts our ability to preserve and protect natural resources and diminish landscapes. Tree surveys are important for several reasons: they provide a baseline measurement of trees in the forested area and determine their condition; they determine if trees in the forested area will thrive in the landscape; and they can tell if existing management plans and/or other strategies are working successfully. This information allows foresters, managers, and conservationists to design appropriate solutions to the threats to trees in the forested area.
In summary, tree surveys can not only provide an objective measurement of the condition of your trees, but they also allow you to know how to care for them and determine their vulnerability to threats and other environmental challenges. They can help you make informed decisions regarding tree planting, tree removal, and other landscape design issues. As your tree surveys reveal, many problems in the forested areas are caused by the lack of knowledge and understanding of your environment. Improving your knowledge of trees in the forest not only increases your ecological knowledge, but it also helps you plan the future of your forested estate. Forests are a natural resource that we all must utilize.