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Educational Sessions

Tree Risk Assessment

Why We Fear Things That We Shouldn't
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
1:50 PM — 2:30 PM
Osceola Ballroom C
A, M, Bm
The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) has been a valuable tool for arborists for many reasons. We think of it first as a valuable tool for the arborist in assessing potential for failure, potential to strike the target and the consequences for a target being struck. While the client is ultimately responsible for defining their threshold for risk tolerance, it is the arborist who has a responsibility for putting the risk rating into context. In doing so, we need to understand the basis for human fears especially as it relates to tree failures and to put these fears into context with other risks associated with life in the Anthropocene. 

Presenter Information

    • William Fountain

      William M. Fountain, PhD, BCMA, TRAQ  Extension Horticulture Professor

      Bill joined the University of Kentucky Dept of Horticulture faculty in 1979 and is professor of arboriculture and landscape management.   He has taught Woody Plant Materials, trained arborists for the ISA Certified Arborist exam and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).   His appointment also involves training and assisting Cooperative Extension Agents and diagnosis of problems.

      He has served on the ISA Board of Directors, Chair of the Council of Representatives and numerous ISA committees.   He is also involved with the Kentucky Arborists’ Association Board of Directors and TRAQ instructor.

      Bill is a Board Certified Master Arborist and Certified Tree Risk Assessor and a certified instructor for this program.   Additionally, Bill has served National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA) as National Program Chair, state leader, and as a member of the Board of Directors.   He has traveled extensively in Asia where he has trained arborists for ISA credentialing programs.

      University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States

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