Taking the ‘defect’​ out of tree risk-benefit management strategies

Photo by Joe Galkowski By Acer VenturaDitching the defectThe word ‘Defect’ no longer appears in any of VALID’s Tree Risk-Benefit Management Strategies. Even though it was there in the qualified form of ‘Obvious Tree Defects’, the tree defect issue has been knocking at the door of reasonable, proportionate, and reasonably practicable tree risk-benefit management for a while now. The volume … Read More

The Dawn Chorus

Imagine what it would be like to hear a 24-hour time-lapse recording of the dawn chorus as it follows the spread of light across the planet.  Imagine the myriad of voices emanating from the forest floor and tree tops; birds announcing that they’ve made it through the night and still lay claim to their territory!  Science suggests there may be … Read More

The number one rule about rescuing baby birds

When tragedy happens how often do we say, “If only… If only.”  Looking back on this story about two rescued baby Acorn Woodpeckers, “If only” applied not once, but three times in the decision-making process.  The outcome might have been more positive and less costly had those involved been better informed.  These circumstances included a construction crew (which likely removed … Read More