How Are Arborists and Conservation Connected?
A shared role of tree stewardship connects arborists and conservation. Arborists, like conservationists, study environmental impacts on trees. Arborists and conservationists work closely together with landowners and municipal bodies to prolong plant and tree lives by maintaining their health and stability.
When trees become unstable and a risk to public safety, arborists use their training in the safety, health, and legal implications of keeping trees in public spaces/commercial property to make informed decisions.
What Does an Arborist Do?
An arborist — also known as a tree surgeon or arboriculturist — is an educated professional who practices the science of arboriculture. Arboriculture involves cultivating, managing, and studying trees, as well as vines, shrubs, and many other woody species that are perennials. Arborists work to prolong these plants’ healthy life cycles through pruning, shaping, bracing, fertilization, pest control, and selective tree removal.
Arborists play vital roles in protecting communities from risks associated with damaged, dying, and dead trees and maintaining environmental health. The U.S. government has deemed tree maintenance and removal services to be essential during the current pandemic.
What Does Conservation Mean?
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published the World Conservation Strategy in 1980 and laid out the following objectives of conservation:
- To ensure the sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, notably wildlife, forests, and grazing lands.
- To preserve genetic diversity.
- To maintain vital life-support systems and ecological processes — such as soil regeneration and protection, nutrients recycling, and the cleanup of water systems — on which human development and survival depend.
Community-Based Conservation Arboriculture
The practice of community-based conservation arboriculture brings arborists and conservationists together in their goals to view tree stewardship and management from an ecosystem-based perspective. This view focuses on preserving the lives of the most valuable wooded areas and individual trees and plants within a community. Maintaining varied and sustainable biodiversities is the ultimate goal.
The longer lives of many older trees often represent larger realms of biodiversity than younger trees, making their preservation essential.
Benefits of Community-Based Conservation
Encouraging tree growth on agricultural land reduces soil erosion and improves the quality of soil on land that has been overly farmed.
Promoting and preserving trees in public spaces such as parks brings social benefits such as education on some of the issues trees face in our uncertain global environment.
Albuquerque-based Legacy Tree Company was founded by a local who studied tree physiology, botany, and forest ecology, graduating with an emphasis on environmental sciences. Certified through the International Society of Arboriculture as an arborist, this conscientious businessman has hired other dedicated arborists, consultants, and technicians who make great efforts to participate in the local community productively. They strive to create sustainable value for their clientele and the community at large. Most people enjoy trees, and with proper care, they can continue to afford us long-term benefits.
Legacy Tree Company is a tree service company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that is raising the standard for innovative, ethical tree care. Its mission is to sustain the Albuquerque urban forest for generations with services like tree trimming & pruning, tree & stump removal, tree bracing & cabling, tree planting, consultations, and tree irrigation. Click here to contact us via our online form, or give us a call at (505) 312-8865.
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