Critical Thinking In Arboriculture

Oftentimes, advances in science and technology are progressing at a faster rate than they are in the field. “By applying what we know to what we do,” Mark Roberts explained on Tuesday, August 1 at the International Society of Arboriculture’s Annual International Conference & Trade Show, “better decision making, more efficient tree work and improved tree care can be achieved.”

Mark Roberts

Roberts, of Roberts Consulting, is an arborist with over 25 years of experience and has worked in all facets of the industry, from “dragging brush through the streets of London” to being a former president of the ISA. He holds qualifications from Otago University, Massey University and The Otago Polytechnic. He’s also an ISA-certified arborist and TRAQ.

During his presentation, Roberts discussed how the use of science can defend actions, support decisions and, in many cases, do less to achieve more. These concepts especially apply to older, mature trees, Roberts explained. He presented a quote from The Ancient Tree Forum that reads “Ancient trees are found in an extremely wide range of situations. Therefore, it’s not possible to present a simple, easy to follow set of guidelines which will work for every tree in evert situation.”

In managing trees as a general concept, Roberts encouraged attendees to not fear “doing something different and owning and managing what you’ve done. If you mange a tree, make sure you’re managing it for the long haul.”

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