We have completed our annual tour of the golf course to mark trees for removal this winter. The tour is conducted by myself, the club's arborist, and a representative from the Region of Waterloo who administers the tree bylaw. We basically drive the course and look at as many trees as we can. We are looking for dead, diseased, and dangerous trees. Each candidate for removal is discussed and no tree is marked unless everyone agrees. We are particularly ruthless about trees in high traffic areas and those close to buildings because of the liability involved. Aside from last May's storm, we have not had many problems with trees being blown down or snapped off and this is largely due to our ongoing tree program.
All of the trees marked are dead or have structural problems that put them at risk for falling down, being blown down or snapped off. Some of the problems are not immediately evident by looking at the tree from a distance but are obvious to a trained arborist. If you have any questions about any of the trees that have been marked, I would be happy to answer them.