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Trees are important to us, but they can be dangerous. Whether near a home, in a campground, or grouped together in a forest, any standing tree has the potential to be hazardous. It is imperative to remember that what may be normal and beautiful in a forest can be harmful when positioned along a path, in a yard, or in a recreational area.
In the wilderness, falling trees present no hazards; it is only when in contact with human beings that dangers exist. Injury and death from trees and limbs falling on unsuspecting individuals or homes pose a very real problem. In order for humans to live in safety with their tree environment, potential hazards must be identified and corrected, or avoided.
This book presents information on recognizing and interpreting the signs of weakness in trees and how to incorporate them into a damage and injury prevention program. Correcting a hazard tree situation before an accident occurs is crucial
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Earl Kong has over 25 years experience studying and working with the forests of North America. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management, he completed an internship with the Bureau of Land Management studying forests, tree structure, insects, and diseases. Since then he has worked as a timber cruiser, timber sale administrator, and forest manager. Currently he acts as a natural resource consultant for managing forests and trees with respect to human concerns and safety.
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