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Permitting, Construction & Compliance

Construction projects require special attention to tree preservation and permitting. Many jurisdictions require a permit to prune or remove a tree. Our team has the expertise to research, submit and guide all relevant permit applications through to fruition.

Tree Preservation Plans

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The experts at the SavATree Consulting Group create tree preservation plans according to the local code and aligned with the American National Standard for tree, Shrub and Other Wood Plant Management – Standard Practices (ANSI A300 Part 5). This includes management of trees and shrubs during site planning, site development and construction.

A Tree Preservation Plan may include:

  • Assessment of trees whose critical root zones are close to the limit of disturbance
  • Evaluating trees for preservation or removal
  • Providing specifications for protection of trees to be preserved
  • Canopy cover assessments
  • Calculations for compliance purposes
  • Mitigation planning

Phases of Tree Preservation Planning

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  • Planning: This is where existing conditions are mapped, including an inventory of existing trees and mapping of a tree canopy.
  • Design: In this phase, site design is done, the limits of disturbance are determined and the tree management plan in completed. The tree management plan will tell which trees are being removed, which trees are being retained, which trees require preservation measures and how those measures will be implemented and monitored. This phase may also include mapping of expected post-construction tree canopy and mitigation calculations for tree and/or tree canopy removal.
  • Pre-construction: Before construction activity occurs, the limits of disturbance are marked in the field. Activities such as root pruning may be performed along the limits of disturbance to separate trees being retained from the area being graded so that roots of retained trees are cut cleanly and not torn. Tree protection fencing is erected along tree protection zones with signage identifying tree preservation areas.
  • Construction: Tree preservation measures may be monitored at a specified interval. Monitoring may include photo documentation, reports or both. Reasons for monitoring include:
    • Verifying that tree protection fencing and signage are operational and not breached
    • Making sure tree preservation areas are not being used to store materials or equipment
    • Ensuring no damage has been done to the trees being preserved
  • Post-Construction: Landscape installation is normally performed at the end of the construction activity. Planting inspections may be performed at the completion of construction and at a prescribed survival check time. It may also include verification that mitigation requirements have been fulfilled.

The best way to save trees and money on your project is to plan for it at the start! The further into a project you wait to decide if you are going to make tangible efforts to preserve your trees, the higher the costs of mitigation and protection and the lower the possibility of success.

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Compliance Oversight Monitoring & Reporting

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Some specifications require a qualified arborist to provide oversight during certain phases of construction or periodic monitoring of tree preservation compliance over the life of a project. We can support your project with monitoring and reporting on tree preservation efforts to ensure that you remain in compliance and that preserved trees are protected.






Permitting, Construction & Compliance Clients

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TF Cornerstone
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DSS Services
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Clark Construction
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University of Connecticut
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Bradley Site Design
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Structure Tone
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Bennett Group

For more information on permitting, construction and compliance, get in contact with the Consulting Group.

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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