Casper considering requiring commercial arborists get licensed

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper could soon require licenses for commercial arborists.

Casper City Councilman Bob Hopkins, Ward I, listens to a presentation at a work session in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

City Council members discussed a possible ordinance requiring licenses and insurance at Tuesday’s work session.

“Tree cutting is a dangerous business. And so the discussion that they city, just as with contract licenses and with other licenses, has a responsibility to give the citizens some assurance that if someone is presenting themselves as capable of doing this work, that they have the necessary training to do it safely,” said Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II.

Discussions started at the Aug. 27 work session after a Casper man died falling from a tree he tried to cut. Currently, there are no regulations on arborists.

Though potential regulations would only apply to commercial arborists, not all council members are on board with the idea.

“I don’t think the government demanding more licensure, higher insurance premiums is going to be the answer. I think the answer is to make sure that homeowners understand the dangers in getting somebody that doesn’t know what they’re doing. It’s up to the homeowner to figure that kind of thing out,” said Casper Vice Mayor Shawn Johnson, Ward II.

He said he thinks licensing requirements might make people feel better but wouldn’t actually make things safer.