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Tree Preservation Ordinance Review

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The SavATree Consulting group works across the country and has experience with a wide variety of tree ordinances. Tree permit requirements may be triggered by an activity such as:

  • Site development
  • Tree removal
  • Size or species of tree
  • Particular ownership or designation

We can help review your objectives for having a tree preservation ordinance and making recommendations on modifications to help best achieve those objectives. We have team members with experience in writing and administering state-level tree preservation legislation and regulation.

Municipal Project – City of Lakeville, MN

The city’s goal was to remove invasive species in the public right-of-way. They wanted to make sure they were not removing trees that were on private land, so they consulted with the experts at SavATree. We used a city-supplied GIS parcel layer, which was loaded into an ESRI ArcGIS Online map project and exported the map into a web application which could be used on a phone, laptop or desktop. The web application was able to use GPS technology to locate trees, turn various map layers on and off, switch between a variety of base maps, measure distances, print and share. Through the use of this advanced GIS technology, we were able to help the city locate invasive trees in the right-of-way and create a thorough plan on how to manage their project.

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Some public agencies do not have a full time arborist on staff or need a contract arborist to perform certain services to support the staff arborist. The SavATree Consulting Group has experienced consulting arborists that can perform plan review, permit review, site inspections and other similar municipal functions.

Whether you are assembling a team to pursue a bid, have a project that would benefit from the addition of a consulting arborist to the team or simply need to retain the services of a consulting arborist, the SavATree Consulting Group is here to help.

For federal government clients, we are a GSA schedule holder and can be hired directly off the schedule without an additional procurement process.

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Contract #  GS-21F-0149V

Municipal Clients


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Metro Denver Local Development Corporation
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Fauquier County Parks and Recreation – Northern Region
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Roosevelt Island Operating Corp
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USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
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Town of Ossining
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City of Woodbury, MN
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Cook County Forest Preserves
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Village of Mamaroneck
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Town of Swampscott
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Town of Dedham Parks and Recreation
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.
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Matt Weibel
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Matt has worked in arboriculture and urban forestry since 2002. He received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He has experience working on residential, private, and commercial landscapes and with municipal governments.

Matt is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, International Society of Arboriculture, New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the ISA, and the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

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Allan Fenner
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Allan Fenner has a wide range of arboricultural and urban forestry experience that includes the preparation of tree preservation plans, construction specifications, urban tree inventories and municipal tree preservation standards for road and side walk construction. He has managed multiple university campus inventory and construction projects as well as contributes to design and implementation. Allan integrated the use of ground penetrating radar for qualitative tree root assessment below ground in urban settings for the development of construction specifications in Connecticut. He has managed several large projects that included the implementation of tree preservation specifications and the installation of detailed infrastructure. He is an accomplished speaker and educator and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Tree Protective Association. He is a qualified tree risk assessor and experienced in landscape planning, appraisal, forensics, damage assessments and expert witness testimony.

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Steven Geist
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Steve has been a practicing and consulting arborist since 1983. He double majored in Plant Pathology and Botany at Colorado State University in 1983. Steve has participated in complex legal matters as an expert witness for a variety of clients including property owners, attorneys, corporations, real estate appraisers, insurers, city, county, state, and United States government. He is currently the Board Chair for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund. Steve is also past president of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, Society of Commercial Arboriculture and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Daniel Bunner
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Dan works out of SavATree’s Springfield, VA branch. His primary focus areas for consulting services are the Washington DC metro area and Northern Virginia.

He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.

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Jean Zimmerman
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Jean has worked in project development, helping municipalities, colleges, botanical gardens and others manage their forests. Jean and the team can help your property to be beautiful and healthy to impress clients, employees, visitors and guests.

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Brock Eastlund
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

Brock joined the SavATree team in 2016, bringing with him several years of experience working with clients, providing high-quality tree care and lawn care, including turf grass management.

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Gary Eichen
Consulting Arborist at SavATree

As our Troy, MI branch’s PHC and Lawn Manager, Gary covers all 762 square miles of the location’s territory. He provides expert tree service, lawn service, organic lawn care, tree pruning, tree removal, fertilization and more.

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