In a 1998 US Department of Agriculture Survey of urban forestry professionals found that tree health monitoring, and hazard tree evaluation were among the strategies the group deemed to be critical to the health and preservation of urban forests as well as areas most requested for training and information.
The Tree Fork, designed by JHU/APL will aid in early detection of mechanical problems and prevention of public injury due to tree or structural failure. The APL Tree Fork is designed to measure the damping properties of a tree in order to detect rotting, decay, cracks and other flaws in selected trees. It can also be used for the inspection of wooden utility poles, bridges, piers, buildings and other structures for rotting and decay, termite and other insect-based damage. The JHU/APL Tree Fork would be simple to use and would be a fraction of the cost of current technologies that do similar measurements.
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