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Arboretum Arboriculture Team Members

Urban Forestry Team Members

The Morris Arboretum's Urban Forestry Consulting team includes both nationally and regionally recognized experts in tree care.


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Jason Lubar, Associate Director of Urban Forestry

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA) member


Mr. Lubar has been a part of the Morris Arboretum's Urban Forestry Consultants for over a decade. Jason is a PennDel ISA Board Member and serves on Penn-Del’s Nursery Quality Task Force. He also is on the Executive Board and is treasurer of the Pennsylvania’s Urban and Community Forestry Council. Before joining Morris Arboretum, he served as a consultant and employee of various local urban forestry groups and related organizations. He co-founded the Wissahickon Stewardship Program; a community-based natural resource management program in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and has been involved in many other environmental programs.

Contact Jason Lubar at 215.247.5777 x189 or lubar@upenn.edu


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Robert Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA) member, New Jersey Certified Tree Expert #257

Mr. Wells has 35 years of experience as the owner of a private tree care firm in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated from Cook College, Rutgers University with a B.S. in plant sciences, and is a NJ Certified Tree Expert and an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist. Mr. Wells is also an active member of the Tree Care Industry Association and the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Mr. Wells has served as the chair of the Princeton Township Shade Tree Commission for 15 years.

Contact Robert Wells at 215.247.5777 x144 or wellsrob@upenn.edu


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Trish Kemper, Urban Forestry Technician

MLA, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Arborist

Trish Kemper graduated from Temple University with a Master’s degree in landscape architecture with a strong emphasis on ecological restoration. She also has a B.S in Computer Science from Penn State. She was the Martha S. Miller & Rusty Miller Endowed Urban Foresty Intern for 2015-2016. Afterwards, she continued to work with the Urban Forestry Consultants and became the Urban Forestry Technician in November 2017. Trish is an ISA certified arborist and also qualified in Tree Risk Assessment (TRAQ). Previously, she has interned at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and worked at Leon’s Garden World in Wilmington, Delaware.

Contact Trish Kemper at 215.247.5777 x149 or pkemper@upenn.edu


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Eliza Nobles, Martha S. Miller Endowed Urban Forestry Intern

Eliza just graduated from Drexel University and holds a self-directed B.S. in Urban Ecology, with a minor in Science, Technology, and Society. Eliza is interested in studying and protecting urban ecosystems. Eliza works with the Urban Forestry team to consult and assess various trees. She also helps write reports, tree policies and standards, and other tree related documents to protect trees and other natural resources. This position is supported by the Martha S Miller & Rusty Miller Endowment.


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Urban Forestry Team

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Urban Forestry Consultants diagnose problematic tree health and safety conditions by using the most up-to-date specialty tools such as a mechanical recording resistance drill.


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Alerts & Updates


COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact education@morrisarboretum.org.

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@morrisarboretum.org.

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to info@morrisarboretum.org.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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