Monarch Consulting Arborists
Monarch Consulting Arborists LLC’s mission is to improve the quality
of life for individuals and communities through the preservation,
safety and health of trees.

Our Services

Monarch Consulting Arborists is focussed on helping clients make informed decisions about the care and management of their trees. The investment in my services results in saving time, money, and energy delivered through objective assessments with comprehensive reports suited for all project objectives.

Construction and Development

Monarch Consulting Arborists assists property owners and developers while working with their design teams to identify trees suitable for preservation. We provide comprehensive tree protection guidelines and specifications based on accepted tree care industry standards, best management practices, and local ordinance knowledge and requirements. Our expertise can carry a project through all phases of development (Planning, Design, Pe-Construction, Construction, Landscape, and Post-Construction).

Tree Appraisal and Valuation

We provide tree valuation and plant appraisal services for a variety of situations and needs. Using the guidance and techniques set forth by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers we can provide plant valuation services for loss and trespass situations, tree inventories, insurance purposes, and construction bonding.

Tree Risk Assessments and Condition Evaluations

Following the latest industry standards and guidelines we can evaluate the likelihood of a tree or its parts to fail and strike a target along with the potential consequences. When risk assessments are not necessary an assessment of tree condition (health, structure, and form) can be performed. We are equipped to perform assessments that best fit your needs from individual trees to entire populations.

Pest and Disease Diagnosis and

When evaluating pest and disease problems I incorporate a comprehensive diagnostic process including all aspects of the growth system. I will assess biological and environmental conditions when determining the cause of pest and disease problems. By focusing on overall plant health care, minimizing plant stress and discouraging favorable pest conditions, my recommendations will improve the health, structure and appearance of your trees.

About Me

Monarch Consulting Arborists is a solutions-oriented company whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities through the preservation, safety and health of trees.

Monarch Consulting Arborists is a full service arboricultural consulting firm owned and operated by Richard Gessner. I am an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist (WE-4341B) and an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Registered Consulting Arborist® (#496) with over twenty years experience in arboriculture. Starting as an ISA Certified Arborist® in 1999 I have continued working in all aspects of arboriculture including residential, commercial, utility, and municipal domains.

I am a past president of the Western Chapter ISA (WCISA) and represent the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 committee helping to evaluate and produce our industry standards and limitations. I also serve as a member of the ISA Best Management Practices committees for both Tree Pruning and the Management of Trees During Construction and Development.

Consulting Arborist and Owner

Rick Gessner

Just like most professionals I have other interests. Aside from hanging out with my wife and two children and hiking the local trails in Henry Cowell State Park, I have a passion for mountain biking. I enjoy biking in Henry Cowell and Wilder Ranch State Parks nearby my home in Felton just north of Santa Cruz. I am also a two time Britton Fund Rider and fundraiser.

I have competed in some local mountain bike races over the years and enjoy hitting the local trails on the various bikes I own.


Why Monarch when you work with trees, isn’t that a butterfly?

Yes, however, the name “Monarch” is referring to forest monarchs. Forest monarchs are the oldest living trees in the forest. I first learned this concept of forest monarchs after visiting the giant sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevada of California. Old (sometimes large) trees are referred to as monarchs of the forest. I liked the concept and decided to create my brand based on the oldest and wisest of the trees.

Why “Consulting Arborists” if it is just you performing the services.

I collaborate with other arborists that specialize in specific areas of arboriculture or related fields when appropriate.

How much do you charge?

Proposals and costs are based on the scope of assignment. I generally don’t operate on an hourly basis (there are exceptions) with my clients and usually give a contract project price. I understand this is a departure from most consulting services but I stand by my contractual obligations as agreed upon, and my clients can budget accurately. Please contact me for pricing information.

Can you prune or remove my tree?

I do not provide any tree care services such as pruning or removal. I would be happy to refer you to some reputable companies in your area.


Service Areas

Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Aptos, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Bulingame, Atherton, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Campbell, San Jose, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and the greater Bay Area and Central Coast region.

Consumer Information

American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)

California Oak Mortality Task Force

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

Safe Tree/Right Tree Right Place

The Britton Fund, Inc.

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)

Trees are Good

University of California Davis I.P.M. Program

Western Chapter ISA

Get In Touch

Richard Gessner

P.O. Box 1010 – Felton, CA 95018