Working with the Media: A Guide for Volunteer Organizations and Commissions

(Name of person) points out that preserving existing trees adds value to properties, makes new or existing homes more saleable, and allows sellers to ask a premium price.

“Tree preservation also provides psychological well-being by offering places for children to play, wildlife habitat and areas where homeowners can walk and relax,” says (name of person).

Homeowners should discuss tree preservation with contractors or carpenters before signing a contract. The homeowner also should hire a qualified arborist to assess the health of existing trees, make tree removal recommendations, and suggest precautions to preserve existing trees during construction. Tree preservation means giving trees and the soils that support them enough space to remain healthy while construction occurs around them.

To protect trees from nearby activity, the (name of organization) recommends using chain link fencing. Most trees, particularly old and large trees, should be fenced at the edge of the tree’s canopy or drip line. A good rule of thumb is to protect the largest area of roots and limbs you can.

To prevent soil compaction, make sure no large or heavy equipment is parked near the tree. Builders should never store any materials near a tree.

(name of person) says, “Developers and homeowners should address tree preservation through a two-part process.”

  1. Before construction. A certified arborist, landscape architect or forester should work with the property owner to assess tree health and value and make decisions on which trees to retain or remove. Once a retention/removal plan has been made, all trees slated to remain should be fenced, and those designated for removal should be cut down.
  2. During construction. Homeowners should constantly communicate with workers, making sure unplanned impacts do not happen.

It’s very important to monitor tree-root health during construction. If roots are in the path of building foundations, sidewalks or roadways, workers under the supervision of an arborist should take a shovel and expose the roots and then cleanly cut roots that are more than 2 inches wide.

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