The expertise of the Urban Forestry Consulting team influences many audiences. We provide guidance and education to youth seeking to enter the arboricultural profession, teach expert-level courses to tree care professionals, and help draft guidelines and specifications that influence the entire tree care profession.
Our consulting team can include other staff at the Morris Arboretum, such as experts in botany, horticulture, and landscape maintenance. Our team of experts can bring a broad range of in-depth knowledge to your project.
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, American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA)
Mr. Lubar has been a part of the Morris Arboretum's Urban Forestry Consultants for nearly a decade. 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. Mr. Lubar also produces and directs films for Turning Point Productions.org, a digital film studio serving the needs of environmental organizations and green businesses.
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist
American Society of Consulting Arborist (ASCA)
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.
Robert Gutowski, Director of Public Programs
Mr. Gutowski leads the planning, development and implementation of all education programs, visitor programs, visitor services, and community outreach. He also directs technical assistance and planning initiatives in urban forestry and arboriculture consulting, often serving as the liaison with local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Bob directed Center for Urban Forestry at the Morris Arboretum and the subsequent Mid-Atlantic for Urban Forestry, a USDA Forest Service initiative involving the Arboretum with state and local programs throughout the region. He was elected Chair of the Philadelphia Urban Resource Partnership, involving over twenty state and local agencies.
Nina Safavi, Martha S. Miller Endowed Urban Forestry Intern
Nina starting her collegiate career with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and held positions at various research and consulting institutions upon graduating. She later pursued a Masters degree in Digital Cartography for City and Environmental Planning. Her research interests are in using spatial analysis to help municipalities effectively manage their natural resources.
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.