— ABOUD & ASSOCIATES is a leader in urban tree inventory, assessment and management.
Building on the inventory Aboud & Associates completed in 2009 for the Town of Milton, this project will result in a complete inventory of the Town’s trees. Aboud & Associates will locate, inventory, and assess an estimated 50,000 trees for this project. The information will be collected in the field using tablets with mobile GIS applications and submitted electronically to the Town in weekly installments. The project is planned to be complete by the end of spring 2018.
Under the direction of the Manger of Forestry and Horticulture, Aboud & Associates performs the roles of Forestry Technician and Forestry Administrator for the City of Cambridge. Our Arborists develop, implement and supervise municipal programs within the context of the City’s Urban Forest Plan in urban, rural, park, public rights of way and natural areas. In the City of Cambridge, Aboud & Associates responds to public concerns about trees, performing inspections and making appropriate management recommendations and work orders. As with many municipalities in Southern Ontario, this includes the management of Emerald Ash Borer through coordinating the removal of ash trees and the planting of new, varied species. Aboud & Associates reviews Tree Management Plans, Compensation Plans and Street Tree Planting Plans as part of development applications in the City and performs Tree Risk Assessments and Value Appraisals on an ongoing basis. On the administrative side, Aboud & Associates processes and performs QA/QC on work orders and invoices.
The City of Burlington combined three professional arborist services into one contract (August 2015 to 2018) – public tree protection during capital construction, public tree inventory, and public tree risk assessment – to streamline the process by which those services were provided. Throughout the contract, Aboud & Associates has provided recommendations on over 20 capital construction projects, has updated 25,000 individual records in the City’s public tree inventory, conducted Level 1 Tree Risk Assessments on more than 4,000 trees, and provided third party support for exceptional arboricultural issues as necessary.
Aboud & Associates was retained by the Township to review and update the Municipal Tree Policy to address current urban and rural forestry issues and best management practices.
Classified as an endangered species under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (2007), the entire population of Butternut (Juglans cinerea) trees throughout North America is in rapid decline due to Butternut Canker disease. Following the Ministry of Natural Resources Butternut Health Assessment Protocols, our certified Butternut Health Assessors determined the health of on-site trees, prepared compensation planting plans, a multi-year intensive maintenance program, contract documents and monitoring program to aid in the survival of the species by using genetically verified pure Butternut stock with disease resistant characteristics.
Emerald Ash Borer is a devastating exotic pest that has infested and killed over 70 million Ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United State since first discovered in 2002. Once infested with the pest, mortality is nearly 100% within one to three years. The rapid decline of 7% of Ajax’s urban forest presented serious management and liability issues.
Aboud & Associates inventoried and assessed individual Ash trees in 86.5 hectares of municipal owned woodlots. ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified personnel established risk zones of trees with probable or imminent likelihood of failure adjacent sidewalks, trails and backyards. This was used by the Town to coordinate and prioritize tree removals and manage risk. Data was integrated into the town-wide tree inventory to allow for efficient tendering and completion of work using individual GPS tree locations, tree size and condition assessments. Removal of the remaining Ash trees in moderate to low risk zones in 2017 and 2018 will be a straightforward exercise based on the detailed data and precision of tree locations.
The assessment of individual trees with direct on the ground field observations, rather than using a broad based GIS landscape analysis approach, allowed Council to quickly validate staff requests for budget allocation for immediate and 3 year work plans.