Amazing Trees of the Bay Area


Date Thursday June 3rd 2004
Time 4:00-5:00pm
Venue George E. Pake Auditorium

PARC Forum

The introduction of this talk will open your eyes to the beauty and diversity of trees in our area. It may remind you of childhood experiences, to the excitement of family hiking in mountain foothills and understanding the technical aspects of tree physics, value and dynamics their surroundings. Learn what it takes to keep up this beautiful suburban forest, from planning, legislation, maintenance and order. The talk will end with some fun highlights of famous and historically significant trees, facts, lies and stories.

The slide and PowerPoint presentation is an information-filled compendium of visual images and facts to ponder. This talk is relevant to scientists, nature lovers, urban foresters, students, practicing arborists, professors, city and county staff and residents who appreciate the surroundings we live in. The goal of the talk is to simply heighten your awareness and appreciation of some of the elements that define our character, our urban forest shade canopy, and how to sustain its benefits. Amazing trees and the awesome blend of our natural and built environment.


A member of key organizations, ASCA, ISA and the APA, Dave is employed as a Managing Arborist for the City of Palo Alto with the Department of Planning and Community Environment. Dave brings to the profession a refreshing perspective from the American Planning Association, landscape architecture and legal tree ordinance preparation.

His experience ranges from tree management, consulting in the private and corporate tree care industry to municipal, legal and insurance work. He is actively involved in environmental land use planning, development, scoping and entitlement review.

Dave has been instrumental in crafting several municipal tree ordinances and is involved with creative enforcement remedies to effect tree ordinance compliance. He is active in tree care industry, research and organizations as a resource for focus groups, cable TV stations and local tours on the subjects of the Urban Forest, Tree Preservation During Construction, Structural Soil, Technical Manual and Palo Alto Architecture Week.

Dave has shared his PowerPoint presentations to professional groups across the country, including contributions at two workshops of 'Symposium to Avoid Infrastructure Damage Cause by Tree Roots', March and August, 2002, California, USA sponsored by the California Urban Forest Council (CUFC), University of California, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA); ISA Montreal 2003 and the American Forests National Urban Forest Conference, San Antonio, Texas 2003. Dave is a member of the El Camino Real Design Workgroup and has authored the award winning Tree Technical Manual for the City of Palo Alto—available to you at the end of his presentation.

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