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Urban Forestry Consultants

General Information

Tree-related consulting services are provided by the Morris Arboretum’s Urban Forestry Consultants, who are recognized experts in tree care. The consulting team is thoroughly educated in tree biology and stays on the forefront of tree care theory and technology.

Our clients include landscape architecture firms, educational institutions, businesses, professional organizations, and federal, state, and local governments and other institutions.

We provide a wide-range of services. By combining state of the art diagnostic equipment with electronic information technologies, such as CAD and GIS, the Urban Forestry Consultants record, assess, and enumerate conditions germane to our clients natural resource needs. We advise clients to use best management practices to care for, enhance, and budget for the health and longevity of their natural resources.


Team Members

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

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


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


Andrew Kirkpatrick

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Martha S. Miller Endowed Urban Forestry Intern

Andrew recently graduated with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Temple University’s Ambler Campus. The focus of the degree is ecological restoration which is the practice of restoring health and function to damaged or degraded landscapes. For his Capstone, Andrew developed a restoration master plan for the Cresheim Valley section of Wissahickon Park that combined enhancing visitor experience with new trails and an ecology center with the goal of stabilizing the forest by restoring hydrologic function to the landscape, eradicating exotic invasive plant species, and adding native plants. He plans to increase his knowledge of trees and how to better integrate them into the urban fabric over the coming year. Andrew spends his free time exploring the forest with his family.


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Did you know...

Urban Forestry Consultants diagnose problematic tree health and safety conditions by using the most up-to-date specialty tools such as the Resistograph®, a handheld device that can detect tree cracks and cavities.


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