Tree protection is a process, not an event

Yesterday I was on a client’s site doing a monthly tree protection inspection. That included making sure:
– Tree protection devices were in place and properly installed with no breaches;
– Tree protection signage was installed in English and Spanish on tree protection devices; and,
– No materials or equipment were stored inside tree protection zones.

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Tree protection signage in English and Spanish provides for clear communication regarding tree protection zones.

I installed some new tree protection signs as construction is a disruptive process; equipment and earth get moved, fencing is replaced, new subs may come on the job that were not part of initial briefings, etc.

I am grateful for clients, specifications, and jurisdictions that require periodic monitoring of tree protection during the construction process. As tree protection is a process rather than an event, periodic monitoring increases the probability that desired outcomes will be realized by allowing of corrective action if needed.

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Fairfax County, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and Clark Construction requirements on this project provide for monthly inspection of tree protection measures throughout the construction process.