Preserving Trees Near Construction

Presented by Tom Smiley, Ph.D. – Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

Tom head shotThis talk will focus on improving tree survival near construction sites. It will encompass recent research on tree root cutting and stability as it pertains to tree risk. In addition there will be a discussion on methods of putting values on trees for purposes of bonding to improve contractor cooperation.

Dr. Tom Smiley is a Senior Arboricultural Researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, NC and an adjunct professor of Urban Forestry at Clemson University. Dr. Smiley is active in the arboriculture industry and has co-authored many of the ISA’s Best Management Practices. His research has lead to improved methods of increasing sidewalk longevity near trees, protecting trees from lightning damage, improving tree root growth, and reducing tree risk.