Greentree Consulting Arborist Disclosure Statement


Since 1996, Randy Cyr of Greentree has performed tens of thousands of successful Tree Risk Assessments/Evaluations and health diagnoses, which has likely resulted in the preservation of over 1 million trees in the Upstate, that might have otherwise been removed by tree removal companies. Risk Assessment can be an effective tool in the hands of an owner or manager.

During the Great Ice Storm of 2004, while much of the Upstate looked like a war zone, of the thousands of clients that Randy provided Tree Risk Assessment for, only one had significant property damage. We believe this was no accident.

Randy is the Upstate’s first ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, the first ASCA graduate, and one of only a handful of ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) arborists. Possibly, no other arborist is more qualified, has more hands on experience, with a better reputation.

As a service to our community, and in the interest of preserving our beautiful Upstate, Randy provides a verbal, Level 1 Limited Visual Assessment (identifying distant trees with an imminent or probable likelihood of failure), Level 2 Basic Assessment (detailed visual inspection of individual trees, often involving sounding with a percussion hammer), and health diagnosis, at his own cost (he does not make money on this).

Trees pose a certain degree of hazard and risk from breakage, failure or other causes and conditions. Through his analysis, and by expressing his observations, conclusions and recommendations, Randy attempts to minimize or reduce hazardous conditions that may be associated with trees. Clients may choose to accept or disregard his recommendations, or seek additional advice.

Arborists cannot detect or anticipate every condition that could possibly lead to the death and/or structural failure of a tree. Trees are living organisms, as well as dynamic structures, that die & fail in ways we do not fully understand. Structural defects and pest signs are often hidden within trees and below ground (such as behind vines).

Conversely, Randy Cyr and Greentree cannot ensure or guarantee that a tree will be healthy or safe under all circumstances, or for a specified period of time. Likewise, remedial treatments, like any medicine, cannot be guaranteed.

No matter how thorough a Risk Assessor may be in their inspection, it is the tree owner or manager that assumes all risks as the Risk Manager (as required in the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Manual), and must decide if more testing is needed, further opinion sought, or actions of abatement taken.

Trees can be managed, but they cannot be controlled. To live near a tree is to accept some degree of risk. Risk Managers should strive to strike a good balance between the benefits a tree provides to the community, and the risks it poses. The only way to eliminate all tree risks is to eliminate all trees. And that would be a bleak existence ~ 

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