712 TREE BRANCH PRUNING

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712.01 DESCRIPTION.
Prune tree branches as indicated in the SP 700 Tree Preservation Program, or in the plans. Perform Tree Branch Pruning in conformance with 101.03.02, and Section 120 when pruning is specified within the limits of a Tree Preservation Area.
712.02 MATERIALS.
Not applicable.
712.03 CONSTRUCTION.
712.03.01 General.
(a) Permits. Obtain a Roadside Tree Permit from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Forest Service.
(b) Tree Preservation Program (TPP). Conform to the requirements of the TPP when developed by the AdministrationShall mean any one of the Administrations within the Maryland Department of Transportation, as listed in GP 1.02..
(c) Schedule. Perform operations when weather conditions are suitable. Cease operations when conditions are unsuitable.
712.03.02 Breakdown List of Contract Prices. Refer to 712.04 and develop a Breakdown List of Contract Prices for each tree or group of trees in the ContractAny agreement entered into by a procurement agency for the acquisition of supplies, services, construction, construction related services, architectural services or engineering services.Contract does not include: Collective bargaining agreements with employee organizations or agreements creating employer employee relationships, as defined in Article 64A, Section 15A(a)(3), Annotated Code of Maryland, Medicaid, Medicare, Judicare, or similar reimbursement contracts which user eligibility and cost are set by law or regulation.. Include costs for pruning and completing all operations per tree or group of trees.
Submit the written Breakdown List within 14 days after Notice of AwardThe decision by a procurement agency to execute a purchase agreement or Contract after all necessary approvals have been obtained.. The Breakdown List will be reviewed by the EngineerAny person designated by the Administrator or the procurement officer, acting directly or through his duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or of the authority given him. and Landscape Operations Division for completeness and balance, and will be approved or returned for correction.
712.03.03 Maryland Licensed Tree Expert (LTE). A LTE shall perform or directly supervise the Operations in conformance with the Maryland Roadside Tree Law, the Forest Conservation Act, and accepted arboricultural practices.
712.03.04 Meetings. Meet with the EngineerAny person designated by the Administrator or the procurement officer, acting directly or through his duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or of the authority given him., the LTE, and the LOD to review areas, Operations, and the approved Breakdown List of Contract Prices before beginning Operations.
712.03.05 Marking. Identify trees to be pruned, and obtain approval before beginning Operations.
712.03.06 EquipmentAll machinery, tools, and apparatus necessary for the proper construction and acceptable completion of the work, together with the necessary supplies for upkeep and maintenance.. EquipmentAll machinery, tools, and apparatus necessary for the proper construction and acceptable completion of the work, together with the necessary supplies for upkeep and maintenance. and tools shall conform to accepted arboricultural practices.
712.03.07 Notice. Notify the EngineerAny person designated by the Administrator or the procurement officer, acting directly or through his duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or of the authority given him. at least 10 days before beginning Operations.
712.03.08 Operations. The Contract DocumentsThe written agreement executed between an Administration and the successful bidder, covering the performance of the work and furnishing of labor, equipment and materials, by which the Contractor is bound to perform the work and furnish the labor, equipment and materials, and by which the Administration is obligated to compensate him therefore at the mutually established and accepted rate or price. The Contract Documents shall include the Invitation for Bids, Notice to Contractors, Instructions to Bidders, Proposal, Contract Forms and Bonds, General Provisions, Specifications, Supplemental Specifications, all Special Provisions, all Technical Provisions, all Plans and Notices to Proceed, also any written Change Orders and Supplemental Agreements that are required to complete the construction of the work in an acceptable manner, including authorized extension thereof will indicate the trees to be pruned or the dimensions or goals to be achieved by pruning. Meet ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute A300 standards for Tree Care Operations in conformance with one or more of the following Operations, or as specified.
(a) Cleaning. To remove dead, diseased, and broken branches.
(b) Thinning. To reduce the density of live branches; or to remove crossed branches or a codominant leader.
(c) Raising. To provide vertical clearance to a height of 16 ft, or as specified in the Contract DocumentsThe written agreement executed between an Administration and the successful bidder, covering the performance of the work and furnishing of labor, equipment and materials, by which the Contractor is bound to perform the work and furnish the labor, equipment and materials, and by which the Administration is obligated to compensate him therefore at the mutually established and accepted rate or price. The Contract Documents shall include the Invitation for Bids, Notice to Contractors, Instructions to Bidders, Proposal, Contract Forms and Bonds, General Provisions, Specifications, Supplemental Specifications, all Special Provisions, all Technical Provisions, all Plans and Notices to Proceed, also any written Change Orders and Supplemental Agreements that are required to complete the construction of the work in an acceptable manner, including authorized extension thereof.
(d) Reducing. To decrease the height or spread.
(e) Specialty Pruning. To meet the needs of young trees, at planting, once established, pollarding, for restoration, to maintain vistas, or to accommodate utilities.
712.03.09 Wood Chipping. Dispose of wood, or chip wood and disperse chips to a depth of 1 in. as directed.
712.03.10 Cleanup and Restoration. Avoid damage to existing structures, plants, and turfgrass. Keep turfgrass areas, paved surfaces and sidewalks clean. Restore ruts and damaged turfgrass areas by seeding in conformance with Section 705, or perform Turfgrass Sod Establishment in conformance with Section 708 when directed, before beginning any other landscape operations.
712.03.11 Damage Repair. Do not injure vegetation to be preserved. Repair injuries to bark, trunks, or limbs by cutting, smoothing, and tracing the bark in accordance with ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute A300 StandardsThe official Standards for Highway and Incidental Structures, maintained on the Administration website. The latest incorporated revisions issued on or before the date of advertisement of the Contract. for Tree Care Operations.
712.03.12 Damage Compensation. Monetary compensation for damage or loss of trees will be calculated and assessed in conformance with the Guide for Plant Appraisal of the Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers.
712.04 MEASUREMENT AND PAYMENT.
Tree Branch Pruning will not be measured, but will be paid for at the Contract lump sum price based upon the Breakdown List of Contract Prices. The payment will be full compensation for all labor, material, equipment, tools, wood disposal and chipping, cleanup and restoration, damage repair, disposal fees and incidentals necessary to complete the work. If the AdministrationShall mean any one of the Administrations within the Maryland Department of Transportation, as listed in GP 1.02. requests a change, the units and payment will be adjusted on the basis of the approved Breakdown List of Contract Prices.