Tree Appraisal

This consultation work is based on site visits to assess tree condition, location, and its range of benefits. It may be done before or after damage, such as fire, mechanical damage, herbicide damage, or complete removal.  An estimate of value is produced, which may be utilized by the client in an insurance claim, litigation, or other purpose.

Below is a large peach tree that was hit by a truck. The tree was considered a total loss, and an estimate of value was made based on depreciated replacement cost. A range of aesthetic and ecological benefits were assessed, such as the tree species, its prior condition, its location on the property, and the quality of the property itself. The clean breaks in the trunk and roots suggested minor decay except for a fungus on a limb that had arose before the collision.

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Landscape Appraisal

This work includes appraisal of not only trees but other elements of the landscape before or after a casualty.  These elements may include shrubs, lawns, perennials, trees, and other plants; either of planted or natural origin with an ornamental function.

A 2007 wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge affected several properties on which I appraised the value of affected vegetation on landscaped or improved areas and adjacent forest or meadow. Photos from before the fire, photos taken just after the fire, and the bulk of the on site observations made three years after the fire formed the basis of estimating the value of the vegetation before and after the damage. Some trees had old fire scars which were enlarged (center photo), representing a prior defect that had increased; the amount, size or area, and condition of other vegetation was based on photos and re-sprouting vegetation.

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The appraiser (David M. Braun, Ph.D.) is also available for expert witness work in litigation.  All work is presented as a written report.


Braun Arboricultural Consulting  (541) 806-0347