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<Scott Cullen>
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Chapter 11 "Plant Appraisal Within Easements & Rights of Way" page 124 cites "Appraisal Foundation 1998."

MISSING BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE. The cited work is not in the "Literature Cited" list on page 137 or the "Other Refrerences" list on page 140. In addition since the draft of the 9th Edition this cited work has been updated. The updated, missing reference is:

Appraisal Foundation, 1999. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Washington, DC: The Appraisal Foundation. https://www.appraisalfoundation.org/uspap1999/stand1.htm (Accessed May 14, 2000.)

[Note that there is a USPAP 2000 but it is not available on-line.]

INCOMPLETE CITATION. The complete citation is (Appr. Fndn. 1999, SR1-2(e)(iii)).

Standards Rule 1-2(e)(iii) states " (This Standards Rule contains binding requirements from which departure is not permitted.) In developing a real property appraisal, an appraiser must... (e)identify the characteristics of the property that are relevant to the purpose and intended use of the appraisal, including... (iii) any known easements, restrictions, encumbrances, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, or other items of a similar nature..."

CLARIFICATION. It is hard to know CTLA's exact intent here since the citation is incomplete. The 9th Ed. language reads as if the citation is of a description of easement rights, but USPAP does not define or describe them in either the Definitions or Glossary sections. It could be that CTLA is suggesting that USPAP requires the "owner/client" to determine the nature of easement rights.

USPAP, however, imposes a binding duty on the APPRAISER to identify easements. While this USPAP duty applies specifically to real estate appraisers and is not technically binding on tree appraisers it is a recognized standard of practice.

CTLA's general intent seems, properly, to be that a meaningful appraisal of trees within easements requires indentification of "...the nature of easement rights and obligations." Compliance with USPAP SR1-2(e)(iii) is certainly consistent with this intent.

In my opinion the point of this citation is to make tree appraisers aware that there are uniform standards recognized by both real property and personal property appraisers and that these uniform standards provide useful guidance to tree appraisers as well.
 
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