This user-friendly guide provides urban forestry professionals concrete approaches when preparing for natural disasters that impact the urban forest.
Section 2 describes the process used to develop the guide and includes information about the survey, the interviews, the expert meeting and next steps.
This project was funded by a grant from the USDA Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region in 2009. The data contained in this document and the guide does not include interviews based on experiences with Superstorm Sandy.
A special thanks to the advisors and team for their support throughout the project. Jack McCabe, Davey Resource Group; Kevin Eckert, Arbor Global and Smart Trees Pacific; Alan Yue, Premier Network Systems; and Colleen Carroll, NatureTalks. Thanks to Asplundh and National Grid for the photos used in the document.
Thanks to ISA, SMA, UAA, WCISA, and Aloha Arborists Association for helping with the distribution of the survey; the 70 industry professionals interviewed, the experts who met to ensure the guide was sufficient, scalable and user friendly, and the experts who helped with the review and writing of the guide.
This work is being funded entirely or in part by the State and Private Forestry, branch of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Region 5. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.