Free Vancouver Treetalk Workshop on hazardous trees set for Nov. 9

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Urban Forestry office invites the public to learn how to recognize and manage hazardous trees at a free TreeTalk workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 9 at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

When Pacific Northwest weather brings rains and winds, questions rise about the condition and safety of large trees. Careful understanding and management of tree defects in advance can help create a safer environment, reduce liability and ease those concerns.

Along with gaining tips and resources, workshop participants will learn how to increase safety, reduce potential damage and better prioritize tree care. Certified arborists and tree risk assessors will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions.

Just because a tree is mature doesn’t mean it will fail.

“Most trees fail because of an existing defect in the tree, such as cankers, decay and root problems,” said Vancouver Urban Forester Charles Ray. “Professionals are trained to recognize these existing conditions and work with the home owner to reduce them.”

Urban Forestry, part of Vancouver Public Works, encourages everyone to be prepared before severe weather occurs.

Want to get tips and resources right away? Please visit the Urban Forestry webpage at You’ll find information on how to manage hazardous trees, what you can do to help ensure your trees are prepared for severe weather conditions, how to contact a certified arborists to help you, and much more.

For a complete listing of Urban Forestry workshops and activities, please visit or call (360) 487-8308.


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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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