Arboricultural Consultant: Risk Assessment, Tree Construction Projects-Valuation and Litigation

Technical Consultant #1978


Expertise

  • Arboricultural Consultant focused in the practiced areas: Tree risk assessment, construction project, valuation and litigation.
  • Tree and landscape appraisal, value of vegetation assets.
  • Survey and management of trees on construction sites. This is accomplished by working with a design team to create sites and infrastructure that are friendly to existing and proposed trees, then following up through project finish.
  • Tree risk assessment. This may require assessing risk from standing trees, suggesting alternative risk abatement strategies, or analyzing failed trees.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Bench hearing, restitution, value of removed trees.
  • Jury trial, value of removed tree parts.
  • Root intrusion, causation of infrastructure damage, remedies.
  • Value of trees lost in wildfire.

Experience

Independent Contractor, 1971 - Present

Projects

  • Team member, pilot project, assessment of strategies for detection of trees presenting risk to conductors.
  • Extensive design review and oversight for new temple, preservation of existing trees.
  • Technical inspection and risk assessment for various trees.
  • Design review and oversight for new Hilton Gardens Hotel.
  • Technical inspection and risk assessment for various trees.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Arborist Certification, by the Western Chapter, ISA, at the inception of the certification program.
  • California State Landscape Contractor's License.
  • Limited Service Teaching Credential, California Community Colleges.
  • Granted lifetime teaching credential, (limited services, California Community Colleges).
  • Granted test proctor status, International Society of Arboriculture certification program.
  • Granted status as Registered Consulting Arborist American Society of Consulting Arborists.
  • Certified Tree Risk Assessor, Pacific Northwest Chapter, ISA.
  • Board Certified Master Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • California Arborists Association, CAA.
  • International Society of Arboriculture, ISA.
  • National Arborist Association. NAA.
  • Society of Commercial Arboriculture
  • Conference Committee, Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture, annual meeting.
  • Conference Committee, International Society of Arboriculture, annual meeting.
  • Representative to the Northern California Regional Tree Appraisal Group, technical experts assembled to determine local application techniques to be used in employing the Eighth Edition Guide for tree and plant appraisal.
  • Conference Committee, Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture, annual meeting
  • Treasurer, California Arborists Association.
  • Chair, Consulting Arborists Committee, Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Co-Chair, American Society of Consulting Arborists, Standards of Professional Practice Committee.
  • American Society of Consulting Arborists, Conference Committee, annual meeting.
  • Member of Board, Northern California Turf & Landscape Council.
  • Chair, American Society of Consulting Arborists, Standards of Professional Practice Committee.
  • Chair, Tree & Vegetation Appraisal Committee, Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Director, American Society of Consulting Arborists.
  • Plant Appraisal and Valuation Committee, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Member Educations Goods and Services Committee, International Society of Arboriculture.

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of articles and speaking presentations.

Education

  • Graduate: Arbor Day Farm, Consulting Academy, Nebraska City, NE
  • Graduate: Community College; Pest Management, Plant Identification, Nomenclature, Hardscape Construction, Irrigation, and Design.
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