Detecting Decay in Trees B: Reading a Tree-Visual Signs of Decay and Other Defects in Trees

Jan 30 2019 - 9:00am

A large part of managing urban trees is preventing injury when they fail. How do we know there is enough sound wood remaining to keep the tree upright? To support a climbing line, or to rig off of when removing the tree?

This session discusses how to recognize the visual signs of decay and otherwise compromised wood, and when more thorough investigation may be necessary.

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Owen Tree Service

Kay has had a long career in Plant Health Care starting as an applicator in Long Island, NY in 1986.  She worked on applicator educational materials and programs for MSU Extension and taught courses in arboriculture and horticulture at community colleges.

She joined Owen Tree Service in 1995 where she ran the PHC program. Kay took an eight-year break to be Forestry Supervisor with the City of Ann Arbor, and returned to Owen Tree Service in 2015 to continue to manage Owen’s PHC program, as well as develop the consulting end of the business.

She currently is Chief Consulting Arborist specializing in plant appraisal and tree risk assessment. She earned the TRAQ in 2013 and is involved in the new edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal.

Most recently Kay became a Registered Consulting Arborist. With the added advantage of keeping the peace with family, coworkers and clients, she is glad to be both an MSU Spartan and a UM Wolverine.