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Use Licensed Tree Experts For Post-Storm Tree Care

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23, 2003) - As Maryland residents continue to clean up after Hurricane Isabel, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service today advised to only use licensed tree experts for post-storm tree care.

“During storms, some persons see a market opportunity in taking advantage of those in need by soliciting tree care services door-to-door, etc.,” said Michael Galvin, Supervisor, Urban & Community Forestry for the Forest Service. “Citizens need to be advised to use only licensed people so that they have recourse in the event of a complaint.”

While a licensed tree care provider is always required for any live tree care activities, including pruning, a license is not required for tree removal, if a problem occurs, DNR cannot assist customers that use unlicensed firms for tree removal services. If licensed experts are used, DNR can assist whether tree care or tree removal is being performed.

The most common problems include requiring 100 percent payment up front but not performing work or only portions of work, and lacking adequate insurance, thereby putting the client at risk in the event of injury to tree care workers, residents, or resident property.

All tree care professionals practicing in Maryland must obtain a license. Without a license, they may not practice or advertise tree care services in the state. A complete list of licensed tree experts can be found at the DNR Web site, http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/programapps/tel.html

 

 

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