Letter to the editor: Edmonds needs a full-time certified arborist

Editor:

I urge the Edmonds City Council to adopt the budget line item funding the hiring of a full-time arborist for the city of Edmonds.

With the adoption of the UFMP (Urban Forest Management Plan) policy there is a huge need for a professional certified arborist to guide the process of implementing the UFMP and city-wide tree code indicated in the UFMP — and assisting public works and parks departments develop a street tree plan that will include an ongoing process to continually upgrade and plant new and diverse street trees in the city.

Thank you

Robert  Petersen
Master Gardner
Edmonds Citizens Tree Board

9 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Edmonds needs a full-time certified arborist”

  1. I support this decision given that a the City of Edmonds eliminates a position. We do not need any more government employees.

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  2. It’s a good idea. Edmonds should pay people to plant trees, maybe by a tax break for planted trees, but also allow trees to be cut down though. A tree is a liability under our current system… very “shoot-shovel-shit-up-esque”.

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  3. The “city arborist” works in the parks and rec department and is only allowed to devote 10% of work time to performing arborist functions. That person can and should apply for the full time arborist position when it is approved by council.

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      1. My understanding is that time is spent on mostly horticulture projects and other assigned tasks for the parks department. That is the department that employees the PT arborist.

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  4. The scope of work for the arborist should be clearly defined and the hours and salary required. Walking through Yost Park is an opportunity to observe the `natural’ process of decline and fall of many trees. The pertinent question is what are the expectations of having one arborist full time? On occasion I have read comments concerning large conifers being cut down, often for the purpose of construction. If the concern is to protect the two parks that could use some maintenance and be subject of possible new nearby development, it would be helpful to have an independent arborist access the existing tree habitat to determine its overall health and potential liability of some trees that are weak and could be hazardous, or are diseased and may need some degree of replacement. There is no doubt that our natural habitat is often taken for granted. All the fires and all the degradation of natural habitat in California is more than devastating.

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