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Bulletin #7: How to Save Trees During Construction

Here are some helpful resources that can assist you in saving trees during development or reconstruction.


The following books are among those available from the International Society of Arboriculture, PO Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826-3129.

  • Up by Roots — Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment by James Urban
  • Trees and Building Sites Conference Proceedings edited by Gary Watson and Dan Neely
  • Trees and Development — A Technical Guide to Preservation of Trees During Land Development by Nelda Matheny and James R. Clark
ANSI Standards available from the International Society of Arboriculture
  • ANSI A300 (Part 5): Management of Trees and Shrubs During Site Planning, Site Development, and Construction
  • Best Management Practices: Managing Trees During Construction

Several DVDs are also available from ISA that are pertinent to the protection of trees during development. Browse the ISA website for more sources of information.

Trenchless Technology

The use of drilling and boring in lieu of traditional trenches can save tree roots and help ensure healthier, longer-lived trees in the landscape. By learning a little about the fascinating world of trenchless technology, you can raise the bar of expectations when working with developers or considering construction projects of your own. The best way to begin is by searching online for “trenchless technology.”

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Last Updated: 03/25/19

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