Tree Risk Assessment & Management After Bushfire
Ben has been involved in a number of large bushfires over the last few years, notably:
Grampians – 2006
Black Saturday – 2009
Mickleham – 2014
East Gippsland – 2020
This presentation highlights the personal experiences of these fires.
It aims to provide guidance to other professionals who may need to conduct tree assessments following fire and provides broad recommendations for the management of trees (and people) prior to, during and after a significant fire event.
Ben has over 30 years’ experience in the arboricultural industry in both the field and consultancy and is an expert in all aspects of tree management.
As the Principal Consulting Arborist at Homewood Consulting, Ben has a strong practical focus and is passionate about training & public consultation.
Ben has a passion for community education in relation to trees, (he will talk to anyone who is prepared to listen and will quite often keep talking whether they are listening or not).
Given his practical background he has extensive experience in the preparation of arborist reports, tree management plans and tree retention assessments for planning and development.
He has extensive skills in database development & design and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) which are predominantly used to manage large volumes of asset data such as complete city tree inventories or asset surveys.
Prior to establishing Homewood Consulting, Ben worked for over 15 years as a field Arborist for a number of organisations.