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Tree Risk Assessment and Management Work Group

Co-Chairs:  Kim Blaszczak, Kimberly.Blaszczak@cookcountyil.gov and Emily Kramer, Emily.Kramer@comed.com 

The goal of the Tree Risk Assessment and Management Work Group is to improve tree risk assessment training and practices used by public and private land managers. This work group is made up of a diverse mix of research, municipal, industry, utility, and conservation representatives who have achieved a better understanding of individual forest ownership and challenges. This group is developing a full day seminar on December 2nd on Tree Risk that will educate land managers on the importance of maintaining tree inventories, understanding potential risks, mitigating for risk, including improving responses to threats and developing guidelines for appropriate species selection and management practices. This group will also work to expand the Mutual Aid Network, which is a collaborative response of communities after major storms.