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Kane, Brian

MA Arborist Assoc.
Associate Professor of Commercial Arboriculture

413-545-6637
126 Holdsworth
Email: bkane

Primary interests & Current Projects

Interested students should feel free to contact me about helping out with research projects. I have lots of work to do, and can always use some help!

Tree risk and structure analysis: determining risk of failure from structural defects and understanding how arboricultural practices such as pruning reduce the risk of failure (youtube.com/cladrastis)

Tree worker safety:  assessing climbing gear and techniques adapted from other high angle rope disciplines (youtube.com/cladrastis)

Urban tree growth:  measuring the post- planting growth of street trees.

Current Student Research Projects

  • Growth of street trees in Boston, MA (Alex Sherman, MS)
  • Assessing residents’ perceptions of street trees in Worcester and Springfield, MA (Gretchen Folk, MS)
  • Measuring forces in pre-tensioned speelines (Joe Scharf)
  • Dynamics of cabled trees (Mark Reiland, MS)
  • Compliance with the Z.133 safety standard among qualified and unqualified arborists  (Alex Julius, MS)

Courses Taught

  • NRC 102 Arboriculture Field Techniques I

  • NRC 210 Arboriculture Field Techniques II
  • NRC 213 Arboriculture Field Techniques III
  • NRC 305 Commercial Arboriculture

  • ECO 697U Urban Forestry

Recent Refereed Publications

Kane, B. 2012. Breaking load of ropes and hitches used in rigging. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Kane, B. and K.R. James. 2011. Dynamic properties of open-grown deciduous trees. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Kane, B. 2011. Compatibility of toothed ascenders with arborist climbing ropes. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Rines, D. B. Kane, D.B. Kittredge, H.D.P. Ryan, and B. Butler. 2011. Measuring urban forestry performance and demographic associations in Massachusetts, USA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Rines, D. B. Kane, H.D.P. Ryan, and D.B. Kittredge. 2010. Urban forestry priorities of Massachusetts (USA) tree wardens. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Kane, B. M. Freilicher, M. Cloyes, and H.D.P. Ryan. 2010.Impact force and rope tension affect likelihood of cutting a climbing rope with a handsaw Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. Watch a video of the project:  youtube.com/cladrastis

Alvey, A.A., P.E. Wiseman, and B. Kane. 2009. Efficacy of conventional tree stabilization systems and their effect on short-term tree development. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Kane, B. M. Cloyes, M. Freilicher, and H.D.P. Ryan. 2009. Damage inflicted on climbing ropes by handsaws. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:    youtube.com/cladrastis

Kane, B., S. Brena, and W. Autio. 2009. Forces and stresses generated during rigging operations. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:  youtube.com/cladrastis

Kane, B., R.W. Farrell, S.M. Zedaker, J.R. Loferski, and D.W. Smith. 2008. Failure mode and prediction of the strength of branch attachments. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

James, K. and B. Kane. 2008. Precision digital instruments to measure dynamic wind loads on trees during storms. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Pavlis, M., B. C. P. Kane, J. R. Seiler, and J. R. Harris. 2008. The effect of pruning on drag-induced bending moments. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:  youtube.com/cladrastis

Kane, B., M. Pavlis, J. R. Seiler, J. R. Harris. 2008. Crown reconfiguration and trunk stress in deciduous trees. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  Brochure in pdf

Kane, B. and P. Clouston. 2008. Tree Pulling Tests of Large Shade Trees in the Genus Acer. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:  youtube.com/cladrastis

Kane, B. 2008. The Effect of Defects, Maintenance, Size, and Species on Tree Failures in Campgrounds in Brewster, Massachusetts, USA. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Kane, B. 2007. Branch strength in Bradford pear ( Pyrus calleryana var. ‘Bradford’). Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Kane, B. 2007. Friction coefficients for arborist ropes passing through cambium saver rings. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Smiley, E.T. and B. Kane.  2006.  The effect of pruning on wind-loading of shade trees.  Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Kane, B. and E.T. Smiley.  2006.  Drag coefficients and crown area estimation of red maple.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Professional Achievements

ISA Early Career Scientist Award 2011
Chair, ISA Science & Research Committee
TCIA Safety Award 2009
Member ISA Educational Goods & Services Committee
Member Tree Dynamics and Arborist Techniques Fund Committee
4th place in New England Regional Tree Climbing Championships 2006
State Farm Companies Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellow 2002

Careers in Arboriculture

http://www.isa-arbor.com/careersInArboriculture/careers.aspx
http://www.tcia.org/

Tree Care Advice

http://www.treesare good.org

http://certifiedtreeandlawn.org/ctl_search.cgi

Updated: February 1, 2012