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Compendium of Best Urban Forest Management Practices

Chapter 20. Emergency Preparedness


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The eastern Canadian ice storm of 1998, Hurricane Juan and the BC fires of 2003 illustrated the need for municipalities to properly plan for natural emergencies in the maintenance of their trees. Training and educating urban forestry personnel for emergency situations is important because of the high potential for danger in most forestry operations. According to statistics, more people are injured or killed in the arboricultural and forestry operations than in any other profession – therefore, safety must always be a priority. The risks can only be curtailed with an emphasis on training and prevention.

Bibliographical Resources:

Darr, B. (1999). Tree Hazard Inspections. Second Annual Tree Board Academy, Alabama Urban Forestry Association Annual Convention: Southern Urban Forestry Associates.

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