Video: 3 hours of work in 3 min
STIHL Inc. spokesman and certified arborist Mark Chisholm, took several GoPro cameras with him to document the tree removal process during a job at Princeton University.
The project site was previously a student housing complex (2 large apartment buildings) and was being re-developed into a more modern one. The design process included a detailed condition assessment of each tree and many design decisions were made specifically with trees in mind. The design team was directed to maximize the number of existing trees retained on site. The "Project Arborist" on the design team (Davey Resource Group) was directly involved in the design process and produced detailed tree preservation plans for the project. Several less common and more "extreme" methods were used to help protect and retain trees on the project. An ongoing management plan for the remaining trees was in place for the duration of construction.
The trees removed were damaged by hurricane Sandy. All the trees on site were re-assessed by Mark after the storm and recommendations were made for removals and pruning. Those recommendations were reviewed and approved by the township and then Mark and his company were contracted the work..
One part acrobat, one part expert rope climber, one part tree physiologist, and several parts competitor and thrill seeker, Chisholm is a third-generation arborist with his family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey. His expertise in tree care has made him a sought after consultant and industry spokesperson for the world of arboriculture, and he regularly travels the globe to consult with international arborist associations.
You can learn more about Mark and read his tips and advice on our website or visit his website at www.treebuzz.com