Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ISA HK/China --- Public Tree Board

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Dear Station Members,

The following local news on Tree Felling has become all familiar in the past few years in HK. The public was again challenging Govt Depts for Tree Felling, & demanded an explanation for the action. Social harmony appears to be disturbed.

The solution to this repeated accusation can be simple. Set up a Public Tree Board (PTB) for future incidents to answer all. Many municipalities in western countries would have this body to respond to the public. It is nothing new around the world.

The PTB can comprise the Tree Management Office, the Politicians, the Media & the Technical Experts, like ISA HK/China. ISA HK/China now runs the largest group of Arborists in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. We are the genuine Tree Care Professionals, & we follow the ISA Mission of promoting proper Arboriculture & benefits of trees. We do not attack but give facts with research & experience. And best of all, we run ourselves without financial sponsorship.

PTB must consist of the right professionals. For if bringing in horticulturists, designers or turf managers without proper training in Arboriculture would put up the wrong show. PTB may become another target practice.

One good thing to set up the PTB would be to elevate the quality of Tree Assessment in HK. Any case brought forward will no doubt be scrutinized by the experts in the PTB. ISA HK/China will provide our unbiased opinions on technical matters only, & we shall be Fact-finding & Truth-telling, in line with our Station Principles. If we see it as the fault of our Certified Arborist(s), we shall say so without prejudice, & discipline the concerned . This will upgrade the practicing standard in HK.

All we can see if there is any opposition to set up the PTB, would be from those who are afraid for their work to be exposed. They may be closing in to China too soon. If a tree is felled correctly, what's the fear? ISA HK/China will support it with our knowledge & experience. We shall state the facts & answer the consequences. There is really nothing to worry about for the proper work.

What's left now is for all those who are concerned to think about setting up the PTB. We believe it is beneficial, & the PTB will harmonize our society. For what's good is it for a place to live in, with risky trees potently to fall over your head? We here provide our opinion, & this Station Mail is copied to all we know in the media, politicians & public for their consideration.

May the idea of PTB be supported to promote good Tree Planting in HK.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager
Registered Consulting Arborist no. RCA#497

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."

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