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Chapter 2 - Cleaning Up after a Hurricane: Get the Right Tree Care Professional1

Eliana Kampf, Astrid Delgado and Mary L. Duryea2


Hiring the right tree care professional is a worthwhile investment when cleaning up after a storm. Often unqualified individuals, wanting to make a quick buck, solicit tree removal jobs. Because these individuals often do not have insurance or the proper training, they should be avoided. In contrast, a certified arborist has the proper training and insurance. Learning to identify the difference is the best way to avoid liability and irreparable damage to trees. This fact sheet discusses, in detail, the situations that require professional assistance and how to recognize, find and hire a certified arborist.

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This document is FOR 116, one of the Urban Forest Hurricane Recovery series of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Environmental Horticulture Department, FUF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2007. Reviewed February 2014. Visit the EDIS website at and


Eliana Kampf, urban forester, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; Astrid Delgado, urban forester landscaping specialist, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; Mary Duryea, professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation and associate dean for Research, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.