Your internet browser is not using current security protocols.
This will soon affect your ability to use the ISA website.
To update your security protocols, turn on TLS 1.2 in Advanced settings or contact your system administrator.
ISA Logo
About ISA  •  Find an Arborist  •  Newsroom  •  Job Bank  •  Contact Us  •  LOGIN
Join ISA
    A300 Soil
    ISA Members: $15.00
    Non-Members: $20.00
    Price in US Dollars

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy
    MondayTuesdayWednesday

    Precision Felling Techniques and Working the Plan

    Summary

    Whether felling a whole tree or a tree trunk, getting the job done safely in a controlled manner is imperative. For those of us working to remove trees in the urban environment, there are numerous hazards and obstacles we must avoid in order to be successful. Unfortunately, there are too many accidents (unplanned events) that occur when felling trees, causing injuries and damage to property. Using a felling plan and working through that plan will greatly reduce the number of unplanned events (accidents).
     
    In this presentation we will look at the history of cutting techniques used to fell trees. We will examine the functions of the face notch, back cut, and—most importantly—the hinge. We will explore how different types of cuts can be used in different situations to improve control and safety. The use of the 5-step felling plan will be introduced as a means of reducing accidents and improving results. Understanding different types of wood fiber and the function of the hinge are critical to the decision making process. We will also discuss the proper use of pull lines in a felling operation. This presentation will create a good foundation of knowledge for tree cutters in today’s urban setting.

    Presenters

    Rip Tompkins is an ISA Certified Arborist, Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA), and vice president of ArborMaster Training, Inc., Little Compton, Rhode Island. He also is an alternate member of the ANSI-Z133 Standards Committee, Past Chairman of the ITCC Committee, and the 1996 International Tree Climbing Championship World Champion. He currently serves as a member of the ITCC Rules Committee and special advisor on the ETCC (European Tree Climbing Championships) Operations Committee.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy
    MondayTuesdayWednesday

    ©International Society of Arboriculture 2009-2017
    PO Box 3129 • Champaign, IL 61826, USA • +1.217.355.9411

    Email comments and questions to ISA
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:36:07 AM (CST/ISA Headquarters Time)
    Please click here to view our privacy policy.