The ISA Best Management Practice (BMP) for tree risk assessment was first published in 2011. It was based on the ANSI A300, ISO standards for risk assessment, and other national standards. The BMP has since become the basis for the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. As with all ISA BMPs, this publication was reviewed and updated on a five-year schedule. This talk will outline the changes that were made in the second edition of the BMP, which will be published in 2017. The changes in the BMP and their implications for conducting tree risk assessments will be discussed.
Dr. Tom Smiley is a senior arboricultural researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an adjunct professor of urban forestry at Clemson University.
Dr. Smiley is active in the arboriculture industry and has co-authored many of ISA’s Best Management Practices. His research has led to improved methods of increasing sidewalk longevity near trees, protecting trees from lightning damage, improving tree root growth, and reducing tree risk.