Avoiding Goofy Infrastructure Conflicts, Richard Gessner and Gordon Mann
Wednesday May 4th, 1:00pm, Urban Forestry/Risk Breakout (Main Street USA)
The presentation highlights the intricacies of tree and infrastructure conflicts. Municipal policies, engineering standards, and tree preservation ordinances which may not be in alignment. Case studies will be highlighted involving road and sidewalk repair conflicts and resolution procedures. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to evaluate infrastructure conflicts and what solution options are available. The presentation will discuss documentation, decision making, and alternative solutions providing attendees with take home tools for evaluation and reporting.
Richard Gessner is a consulting arborist in the bay area that has worked with cities and homeowners association to manage their trees. He has been involved in case studies and return cycles to view the infrastructure conflicts. Rick presents a common sense can-do approach to consulting.
His experience with competing infrastructure conflicts will share the challenges and solutions to approach the issue with creative and innovative ideas. Move the engineer out of the decision-maker role.
Gordon Mann is a consulting arborist and urban forester with 38 years of experience in urban tree management. Working as Brookfield, IL Village Forester, San Mateo, CA Tree Maintenance Supervisor, Redwood City public works superintendent honed his skills. Nonprofit experience includes CityTrees in Redwood City and the Sacramento Tree Foundation. He is an alternate on the ANSI A300 tree standards committee, and is passionate about the benefits trees provide people, and clear specifications for work.