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Meet Mike Galvin

Director, The Consulting Group at SavATree

Mike Galvin’s wide-ranging expertise in arboriculture includes urban and community forestry management, state-of-the-art tree inventory and management plans, tree protection and preservation during construction, as well as tree risk management and appraisals.
He is an accomplished speaker, researcher and published author on environmental and sustainability issues.
Mike currently serves as Strategic Partner for the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, has served as Past President of the American Society of Consulting Arborists and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and served on the Chesapeake Bay Urban Tree Canopy Expert Panel.


  • 2011 True Professionals of Arboriculture award, International Society of Arboriculture
  • 2010 Gold Leaf award, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
  • 2007 Advancing Arboriculture award, Tree Care Industry Association
  • 2007 Department of Natural Resources Forest Service employee of the year
  • 2006 Award of Merit, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
  • 2004 Pat Felix Volunteer of the Year award, Tree Care Industry Association

Credentials / Licenses

  • Registered Consulting Arborist #432 – American Society of Consulting Arborists; 03/05
  • Certified Arborist – International Society of Arboriculture No. MA-0304; 11/94
  • Roadside Tree Care Expert – MD Department of Natural Resources No. 191; 9/92
  • Forest Warden – Badge #467, MD Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service
  • Forest Conservation Qualified Professional – MD Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service

Publications (selected)

Dexter H. Locke, J. Morgan Grove, Michael Galvin, Jarlath P.M. O’Neil-Dunne, and Charles Murphy.

Applications of Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Prioritization Tools: Supporting Collaborative Decision Making to Achieve Urban Sustainability Goals. Cities and the Environment, Volume 6, Issue 1. September 2013.

Mary L. Cadenasso, S.T.A.Pickett, L.E. Band, G.S. Brush, M.F. Galvin, P.M. Groffman, J.M. Grove, G. Hagar, V. Marshall, B. McGrath, J. O’Neil-Dunne, B. Stack, and A. Troy.

Exchanges across land-water-scape boundaries in urban systems: Strategies for reducing nitrate pollution. In Richard S. Ostfeld and William H. Schlesinger (Eds.). The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology 2008. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1133, May 2008.

Pickett, S.T.A., K.T. Belt, M. F. Galvin, P.M. Groffman, J. M. Grove, D.C. Outen, R. V. Pouyat, W. P. Stack, and M. L. Cadenasso. 2007.

Watersheds in Baltimore, Maryland: Understanding and Application of Integrated Ecological and Social Processes. Journal of Contemporary Watershed Research & Education 136: 44 – 55.

Raciti, S., M. F. Galvin, J. M. Grove, J. P. M. O’Neil-Dunne, A. Todd and S. Clagett. 2006.

Urban Tree Canopy Goal Setting: A Guide for Chesapeake Bay Communities. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern State & Private Forestry, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Annapolis, MD.

Galvin, M.F. 2005.

Trees and Their Impact on Electric Reliability During and Following Tropical Storm Isabel. In K.G. Sellner (ed.). Hurricane Isabel in Perspective. Chesapeake Research Consortium, CRC Publication 05-160, Edgewater, MD.

Presentations (selected)

‘Novel Applications of Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Prioritization Tools: Supporting Collaborative Decision Making to Achieve Urban Sustainability Goals’. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2013.

‘Avoid Injuries Caused by Trees – Basic Monitoring for Risk Factors’. Green Industry Professional Field Day and Trade Show. American University, Washington, DC 2012.

‘Tree Management During Construction’. Chicago Botanic Garden. Chicago, IL 2012.

‘Urban Trees and the Clean Water Act: Trees in Cities and the Chesapeake Bay’. Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Meeting. Linthicum, MD. 2010.

‘Urban Tree Canopy as an Environmental Management Tool’. Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Consortium conference. Washington, DC. December 2009.

‘Understanding Tree Canopy and Engaging the Public: The Work of Casey Trees in the District of Columbia’ Environment “Green”. Finnish Embassy, Washington, D.C. May 2009.

‘Urban Tree Canopy: Cities and the Bay Restoration Strategy’. Chesapeake Research Consortium Ecosystem-Based Management Conference. Baltimore, MD. March 2009.

‘Urban Forests and Local Mitigation Measures: Essential Tools in Climate Change Strategies’. 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities conference. Washington DC. February 2008.

‘Urban tree canopy assessment and goal setting: case studies from four cities on the Eastern coast, USA’. International Society of Arboriculture 81st Annual Conference and Trade Show; International Union of Forest Research Organizations / Arboricultural Research and Education Association session. Honolulu, HI. July 2007.

‘Sustaining Urban Air Quality through Management of Urban Forests’, Air & Waste Management Association’s 100th Annual Conference & Exhibition. Pittsburgh, PA. June 2007.

Helping Los Angeles Plan for More Tree Canopy

“We were excited to present the results of our study of Los Angeles County and City tree canopy cover with our partners, TreePeople, at their conference center!”
Mike Galvin, Consulting Arborist, SavATree

SavATree - Tree Service & Lawn Care
SavATree - Tree Service & Lawn Care
SavATree - Tree Service & Lawn Care