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Urban Forest Master Planning

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Understanding Your Tree Canopy

How much tree canopy do you have? How much can you have? What measures do you need to take to sustain your canopy over time? Whether you have these concerns at the parcel level, neighborhood level or city or council level, the SavATree Consulting Group can help you with the tree canopy inventory, assessment and management planning.

Tree Inventory*arborist walking on tree lined path

You can’t know what to do until you know what you have. We can assist you with a variety of inventory options from field data collection to remote sensing analysis depending on the intensity of our information needs. Some individual characteristics that may be assessed during a tree inventory include:

  • Location
  • Size
  • Type
  • General condition and health
  • Damage
  • Special conditions

We have helped establish a comprehensive database of actionable intelligence for our clients’ trees that will allow them to make informed decisions in the care of their property.

Tree Management Planning*men looking at tablet on a construction site

Once your tree inventory is complete and you know what you have, now you must decide what to do with this information. The SavATree Consulting Group can provide you with actionable tree intelligence to prioritize your tree management decisions with limited resources for maximum efficiency.




Tree Canopy Assessmentview of tree canopy from below

We use high resolution remotely sensed imagery fused with LiDAR data to provide sub-meter high resolution land cover maps. We can combine these with other datasets to assess the existing and potential tree canopy at a variety of scales from the parcel to the jurisdiction and beyond.




LiDAR data map

Photo – LiDar data (a) is fused with high resolution imagery (b) to create a high resolution map of the tree canopy (c) and land cover (d)

iTree Assessment and Forecastingarborist using tablet to assess trees

We can process your tree inventory through iTree tools to tell you the amount of canopy you have and the ecological benefits that your trees provide. We can also use iTree to project the lifespan of your current population and model scenarios of tree planting in future years to result in the same amount of tree canopy over time.


One project we performed that included the use of iTree technology was our case study involving the city of Durham, North Carolina. We helped to assess their street tree canopy and made projections for the future in hopes of assisting them in continuing to maintain a healthy, sustainable canopy.

Durham NC street canopy graph


*The Final Product

SavATree’s Consulting Group delivers actionable tree intelligence in formats that work for you, and you own the data. We believe in “open data”, which means that we deliver everything to you in a usable and uploadable format. We don’t keep you from your data by requiring a proprietary software purchase. Whether you engage with us on a tree inventory or a management plan, we will deliver the results in a digital map that can be queried, and Excel document with details and a PDF.  We provide a CSV table so that you can upload into other applications. And, of course, we stand ready to assist in understanding and implementing recommendations to attain your tree canopy objectives!

Urban Forest Master Planning Clients:

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TreePeople – Los Angeles County UTC
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American Forests
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Northern Kentucky Urban & Community Forestry Council
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Loyola Marymount University
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Cuyohoga County
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City of Durham
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College Park, MD
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Northeastern University

Plainsboro, NJ
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DDOT Urban Forestry Division
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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