Strain: License required to work on standing trees – KATC Lafayette News

As cleanup from Hurricane Ida begins, Louisiana Division of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding residents To lease solely expert-licensed arborists to carry out work on storm-damaged timber.

“Anyone doing tree work in Louisiana is required To buy a license by way of the LDAF,” Strain said. “Hiring solely licensed-expert arborists protects you, the house-proprietor, since licensed arborists Aren’t solely educated to correctly execute tree work, however They Want to additionally maintain authorized obligation insurance coverage. I additionally urge you to get a written estimate and, Everytime You’d possibly be required to pay An Low price deposit, You Should not ever pay for the job in full up entrance.”

“Following hurricanes, we see an elevated Quantity Of people going door-to-door offering tree providers,” Strain continued. “When hiring an arborist to take away storm-damaged timber, On A daily basis ask to see their license and a curlease copy of the arborist’s authorized obligation insurance coverage certificates.”

Based mostly on the Louisiana horticulture regulation, no particular person shall acquire costs, promote or solicit enterprise in a regulated profession or occupation till this particular person holds The relevant license or permit, or has A daily worker who holds The relevant license or permit, or is employed by A One which holds The relevant license or permit. As properly as, all licensees are required To place their license numbers on all enterprise-associated automobiles Which have promotements on them.

Out of state arborists might apply for A quick lived arborist license In the event that they’re licensed by the Worldwide Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or In the event that they’re curleasely licensed In a single other state by The outcomes of passing an examination. A short-term arborist license Is candy for 90 days from the date of issuance.

No license is required For somebody doing tree particles eradicating like slicing up and hauling away fallen timber.

Strain added that any work on a tree or portion of a tree nonetheless standing Would require an arborist license.

Check with the LDAF internet website at www.LDAF.state.la.us [ldaf.state.la.us], LDAF Industry App for mobile models or name 225-952-8100 to confirm The curlease license standing of an arborist.