News Alert: Strain: Hire only licensed arborists to work on storm-damaged trees
Posted: 8/30/2012 6:39:11 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center



Baton Rouge, La. - Once wind and rain die down from
Hurricane Isaac the cleanup begins, and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and
Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding residents to hire
only professional-licensed arborists to perform work on storm-damaged trees.


"Anyone doing tree work in Louisiana is required to obtain a license through
the LDAF," Strain said. "Hiring only licensed-professional arborists protects
you, the homeowner, since licensed arborists are not only trained to properly
execute tree work, but they must also maintain liability insurance. I also urge
you to get a written estimate and, while you may be required to pay a reasonable
deposit, you should never pay for the job in full up front."


"Following hurricanes, we see an increased number of people going
door-to-door offering tree services," Strain said. "When hiring an arborist to
remove storm-damaged trees, always ask to see their license and a current copy
of the arborist's liability insurance certificate."


According to the Louisiana horticulture law: No person shall receive fees,
advertise or solicit business in a regulated profession or occupation unless
this person holds the appropriate license or permit, or has a regular employee
who holds the appropriate license or permit, or is employed by a person who
holds the appropriate license or permit. In addition, all licensees are required
to place their license numbers on all business-related vehicles that have
advertisements on them.


No license is required for persons doing tree debris removal, which includes
cutting up and hauling away fallen trees.

Strain added, "Any work on a
tree or portion of a tree still standing will require an arborist
license."

A list of people licensed to do arborist work in Louisiana may
be obtained from the LDAF website at www.LDAF.la.gov, or by calling 225-952-8100.


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