To date, the study of forest canopies has been remarkably free from incidents involving injury or death to climbers.
For some study sites, training in canopy safety is available, but in most cases, individuals are responsible for learning and promoting a strong safety ethic and methods.
All access methods must be used with care and safety foremost in mind. Although safety standards exist for certain aspects of canopy access, the state of the art for canopy safety is still in its formative stages.
The Global Canopy Programme offers certified courses in double-rope canopy access in the UK, Borneo, and Brazil.
The US Forest Service operates the National Tree Climbing Program, designed to train and certify in canopy access.
For more information on canopy access, training, equipment, and safety, visit The Big Canopy Database.