Studying for My Tree Risk Assessment Certificate


Monday, I start a two day class session, followed by a half day of testing for my tree risk assessment certificate. This certificate will allow me to assess trees for their probability of failure or damage to a target. This type of reporting is very helpful to municipalities, public outdoor area owners and residents with knowing which trees could possibly become dangerous. Mitigation tactics could then be taken for most of these problems.
I love studying in bed! I can spread out all my books, relax with my heated mattress pad and my two best friends. Ah, life is good!

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

37 thoughts on “Studying for My Tree Risk Assessment Certificate

  1. Life is good, appreciate your new skills. I live in a heavily forested area and the thought of taking down a tree is always thoroughly considered, it is nice to have the opportunity to talk to those who can expand the conversation.


    • This is exactly the reason I wanted this qualification. Not all trees that look a bit off are dangerous and need to be removed. Sometimes pruning, improving the site or moving movable targets reduces the need to remove the tree. Which is always a win/win, IMO πŸ˜ƒ


  2. Kool! We’re constantly hauling trees off of the roof, the car, the long dirt road, here on the Blue Ridge. The trick is to get the right kind of insurance! A strong neighbor with a chainsaw also helps…

    Living in the extremely rural forest, when there’s been nothing but rain for a couple of years and then a big wind storm, oh boy. It’s like, WHEN that one comes down, where is it going to land???

    Over the years we have lost all but one licensed tree taker downer. I just had a dodgy tree taken down, and a bad job they made of it, too. I’m glad to know that you’ll be l lookin’ out for arborly safety!


    • Sounds like there are job opportunities down there for me! πŸ˜ƒ
      I hope to be able to use this skill to help save some trees from the chainsaw. Of course, there will be the ones that won’t pass the mustard… (do you have any Grey Pupoun?)
      I would love to be able to work a day talking to the trees instead of the clients that yell at me now. I’m hoping to achieve that by next season. Risk management is a great ‘buzz-word’ nowadays, it will look good on the resume!

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      • Why not ketchup on things? It’s a must.

        Wa-a-a-l, yuh might could find a lotta work here amongst the rich folks, or even with the Forest Service, which would be much better. And since the Appalachian Trail runs right through here, I don’t know but what the Appalachian Mountain Club might need the services of someone who actually knows what she is doing, to direct removal of arboristic threats to life and limb on the AT. Point is, it’s hard to make a living here doing proactive stuff, but it can be done….But you have to think about these weird things like keeping your dogs safe during deer season, even in a fenced yard…


        • A forestry job would be the shit! I’ve got my resume posted on the national website for those kinda jobs. Sadly, many jobs require relocation. Not much forest near Chicago!
          I’m not opposed to hunting at all, however there is a time and place and near residences is not the place. Actually, my coworker has a 2nd job at a hunt club and just took a spray of shotgun pellets to the ass! Well, his whole lower side, ass to ankle. Ouch! He’s fine. “Just a flesh wound”, as they said in Monty Python’s Holy Grail πŸ˜‰
          Just an odd thought. .. have you ever written grants? Thinking of going that route, but hear it’s an uphill battle.

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          • Written a whole pantload of grantsfor myself, as that is what paid for six years of med+ grad school (plus jobs!). Haven’t done it for anyone else though. Are you thinking of writing one for yourself, or for others? I wouldn’t do it as a job. I know people who do, and they always look like death.

            Nope, a forestry job for you. Networking! I think you need to work at Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky. Not only do they have a whole lot of these pesky TREES that continually fall and block trails and cause all kinds of dangerous situations, but they also have an incredibly extensive interpretive program. They need you to lead ranger walks and explain all about tree health and disease, and why forests need stewardship. It might help to volunteer a bit, in the Park Service, which is always starving for professional staff but…yep, grant time….has no budget, since we MUST have money for foreign aid and wars! I’m sure you already know about the State Parks volunteers board. I’m hoping to get hooked up with a park in the Southwest so I can FINALLY use my Anthropology decree to do some interpretive walks, or even Nature Walks πŸ„ don’t eat these! At least you get free camping and at Cumberland Falls you get meals in their funky yet interesting dining hall….actually the most beautiful State Park I’ve ever been to is Grayson Highlands in Southeastern Virginia. I actually think it’s a National Monument or something, Civil War or something. Or a National Park. Anyway, it’s a cloud forest with extensive dwarfing due to high winds in the winter. I have never ever ever seen such an amazing floor of mosses and lichens. I literally crawled around on my belly for days taking photos of moss-lichen communities. I keep thinking about starting a new blog for my travel and nature photography. One of these days it will happen. Yes, the forests need you!!!!

            Glad your friend got away with “only flesh wounds.” Could have lost a limb, not to mention his ass!


            • Have you ever thought of becoming a life coach? You’d be great at it!
              Errr, yes. I was thinking of writing grants for others… Don’t want to look like death tho! πŸ’€ Sadly, you are not the 1st to tell me that. I’ve heard it’s the most depressing career out there. Like I need more logs on that fire!
              Maybe get myself a research grant(?) I’ve not really looked into that process. I would also look in the private sector, gov grants are too hard.
              Who knows. If this qualification pans out, I could bid to inventory/risk city trees. I don’t need any extra equipment.
              I would love to move to any area that gave me a better opportunity for a forestry job, however I’m planted here for a bit.
              I would love to crawl around some trails with you! We both have interesting backgrounds that would keep us both in deep convo.
              Once it warms back up, maybe you can shoot up here for a hike. I really think you’d like the Quaking Bog (Volo bog) near me. I’ll let you know when I’m in CO, but it will be awhile.


    • That would be a great start to getting certified! You have observed the problem with the tree and the immovable target of the house. Now factor in about 20 more things and you’re on your way to certification! Who knew you were certifiable? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


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