Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Urban Forestry 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


Corey Bassett

Corey Bassett, Martha S. Miller Endowed Urban Forestry Intern

Corey Bassett graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a B.A. in Earth Science, concentrating in Environmental Science, and is on her way to completing a Masters of Environmental Studies, concentrating in Environmental Biology, at Penn as well. Her academic interests so far are mostly in forest ecology, land management, and conservation biology. Previously, she was an Odum Intern in Field Ecology at the Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY, and completed a Senior Honors Thesis on lead contamination in West Philadelphia gardens. In college, she trained and competed on the Penn Women’s Varsity Rowing team and now loves her new bike commute to the Arboretum along the Schuylkill and Wissahickon trails!


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Urban Forestry Team

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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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Weather Update:

The Arboretum is open as usual.
Please note that winter weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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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