The City of Wheat Ridge Tree Removal Grant Program is a 50% matching grant program giving up to $1500 per property to private landowners for full tree removal of dead or dying hazard trees which qualify as posing significant risk. Candidacy of trees for the program is to be determined by, and at the full discretion of the city Forester based on an official assessment and list of qualifying factors. Following the city forester’s assessment, qualifying applicants must seek immediate tree removal services from a city approved list of contractors. Following tree removal and submittal of a receipt, grant money in the predetermined amount will be paid as a rebate to the qualifying property owner. Stump removal is not included in the grant program and is a separate cost incurred by the property owner.
In administering the City Tree Removal Grant Program, the city Forester will use international standards for assessing hazard and risk. According to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA, 2011), a hazard is a situation or condition that is likely to lead to a loss, personal injury, property damage, or disruption of activities, a likely source of harm.In relation to trees:
How people perceive risk and their need for personal safety is inherently subjective. What is within the tolerance of one person may be unacceptable to another. It is impossible to have trees completely free of risk. Safety may not be the only basis used to establish acceptable levels of risk.
Various levels of risk, harm and property damage are to be assessed by the city Forester. For example, if a tree is fully dead, but has no risk target (such as in an open field), it cannot be considered a hazard tree. Likewise, a tree that has structural defects that pose a significant risk, while it may still be living, will be rated as higher on the risk assessment and therefore may be considered a hazard tree and candidate for removal.
*A hazard is a situation or condition that is likely to lead to a loss, personal injury, property damage, or disruption of activities, a likely source of harm. In relation to trees, a hazard is the tree part(s) identified as a likely source of harm.
*Risk is defined as the combination of the likelihood of an event and the severity of the potential consequences. In the context of trees, risk is the likelihood of a conflict or tree failure occurring and affecting the target, and the severity of the associated consequences – personal injury, property damage, or disruption of activities. Target or risk target refers to people, property or activities that could be injured, damaged, or disrupted by a tree.
i.e., picture, assessment from licensed arborist, etc.
If chosen a list of licensed tree professionals will be provided
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