The California Tree Failure Report Program (CTFRP), now called the Western Tree Failure Database (WTFD), was established in 1987 to collect quantitative information on the mechanical failure of urban trees (trunk breaks, branch breaks, and uprootings). This information is used to develop "failure profiles" for genera and species to more accurately assess failure probability in standing trees and thereby reduce failure potential in urban forests.
Over 200 tree care professionals in California (and members of the other Western Chapter states, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii) are cooperating in this effort by systematically inspecting fallen trees and reporting failure details for entry into the WTFD database. To date (August 3, 2023)6556 failure reports have been filed.
California Tree Failure Report data was (up to 2015) merged with the International Tree Failure Database.
August, 2015, The ITFD website is off line for the foreseeable future.
January 2018, There is an on going attempt to restore the ITFD...stay tuned. Still happening in 2019. Seems unlikely in 2021. Highly unlikely in 2023.
Contact Katherine Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
An occasional e-newsletter, Quick Break, is circulated to WTFD cooperators. Annual Regional Meetings addressing issues relevant to hazard assessments and failure analysis have been presented in January for northern California and March in southern California. After 2 virtual meetings due to Covid an in person meeting was held in northern California in 2023.
Photo: K. Jones
Photo: K. Jones