Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Four Arborists

Recall one of my recommendations: Never ask the guy you pay to cut down your trees, "Do you think this one needs to go?"

Parks and Rec Staff Giving their Tree Drama Report

I learned a lot at this week's city council meeting. One of the things that stuck out like a thirty pound sore thumb was the emphasis that Chris Hazeltine (Parks Director) made about the qualifications of his staff. He stated that four city staff who were certified arborists helped to review the Orpheus park trees. I interpreted Hazeltine's statement as an effort to demonstrate the depth of tree expertise at city hall.

Sore thumb question: If there are so many tree pro's at city hall why did the city ask their contract tree trimmer to determine which trees on the 101 should be removed?

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  1. CYA.
    They have unlimited money to spend on outside consultants.
    They are incompetent.
    They don't care.
    Take your pick, but its probably all of the above to me.

  2. Certification as an arborist is about as easy as getting a certificate for a CPR class.

    Whoopy I am an Arborist which means I have experience cutting down trees. Wow just what Encinitas needs certified tree surgeons.

    Save some canopy, cut the deadwood on Staff and the people shutting out the public process.

  3. Actually, the city employs certified arborealists, not arborists. They get paid for swinging from trees, not preserving them.

  4. Certification from the International Society of Arborists (ISA) is much more involved than CPR training. I should know, I've done both.

    That said, I agree that there are more bad arborists than good arborists.

  5. It's kinda like lawyers.

    There's a cheap lawyer, and expensive lawyer and Santa Clause sitting at a table. There's a hundred dollar bill on the table. The light goes out. When the light comes back on, the bill is gone. Who took it?

    Ans: the expensive lawyer.

    Why?: There's no such thing as Santa Claus or an inexpensive lawyer.

    (OK, there are some good arborists!)


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