The Morris Arboretum’s Urban Forestry Consultants provide services to municipalities and institutions in the Philadelphia tri-state area. The team consists of two experienced International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborists and an Arboricultural Intern with over 50 years of experience in arboriculture, and membership to the American Society of Consulting Arborists, a highly selective professional organization. The fees generated by the Arboricultural consulting team directly support Morris Arboretum’s mission of education, research, and outreach. Call us at 215.247.5777 x189 to discuss your arboricultural needs and see how we can help you!
Please note that we do not work for individual residential clients unless an arborist requests our tree diagnostic services to provide recommendations on specific trees. Residential clients with arboricultural needs can find a local arborist through the ISA website.
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Tree and natural resource inventories are essential for planning, maintenance, scheduling, cost estimating, managing resources, and decision-making. We can assess the biological and structural health of your trees. This information can pinpoint trees that constitute a safety hazard, and when coupled with an inventory assessment, provide essential information for developing management priorities and budgets.
Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry Consultants can map and graphically present your natural resources in CAD or GIS. Trees can be referenced with information from our inventories/assessments; tree icons can show canopy size, tree type, life expectancy and other information. Using ArcGIS Collector on iPad, we can create inventory maps of your property in the field and share them with you through the ArcGIS Online platform.
We will provide you with an action-based, prioritized tree management plan based, in part, on tree inventory/assessment information. The plan is tailored to fit your needs and can provide budget and planning information, offer a wide array of tree-related recommendations, and give you the in-depth information on implementing best tree and risk management practices. We can also craft Emerald Ash Borer management plans for your institution or municipality.
A well-written tree ordinance benefits your community by supporting active tree maintenance and planting. We work with you to develop ordinances that fit your particular needs and circumstances. The Urban Forestry Consultant team can provide tree-related specifications customized to fit your project. We work with all stakeholders, including Shade Tree Commissions, Environmental Action Committees, and Engineers, to develop and implement strategies that help insure the health and longevity of your community’s natural resources.
Maladies such as cavities, cracks, fungal fruiting bodies and other signs of structural problems may be discovered during a tree inventory/assessment. In some cases, it may not be possible to make a clear treatment or removal recommendation without an in-depth inspection. If structural soundness is in question, a mechanical recording resistance drill can be used as a diagnostic tool to help quantify the extent of sound wood.
Before construction begins, the Arboretum Consultants can help you to protect trees during all project phases, from initial planning to after-construction tree care. We identify tree protection zones, structural root zones, and provide specifications to assure trees and shrubs are planted and protected.
Trees have economic, environmental, and aesthetic value. When a tree is damaged or destroyed, our experienced as Board Certified Master Arborists can provide a value for that lost resource so you be compensated fairly. We can also provide you or your organization a long-term, realistic tree management budget. Inventory/assessment information is used to estimate the cost of tree removals, stump grinding, pruning, cabling, and other activities, and can prepare a prioritized phased management program customized to fit specific budgets. We advise on tree pruning, tree removal, lightning protection, new tree planting and tree species selection.
Healthy soil is vital and directly impacts tree health and longevity. Many tree-related problems arise from poor soil conditions, nutrient deficiencies, and compaction. The Urban Forestry Consultant team will identify soil deficiencies by conducting soil tests to provide the information necessary to recommend a course of action to preserve and enhance your soil resource.
We provide introductory through expert-level courses and seminars on a wide range of arboricultural topics. These sessions provide hands-on training and background information, enabling our clients to actively manage their tree resource using best management practices and the most current standards. Educational workshops are provided at the Morris Arboretum or at your site. Click here for current School of Arboriculture class offerings.
Our Board Certified Master Arborists have been hired as experts by the area’s leading law firms, insurance agencies, and other parties in litigation cases concerning damage or loss related to a tree, trees, or tree-related personal injury. We can evaluate, analyze, and interpret the site or evidence, and provide deposition or court testimony as needed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.