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.
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.
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. I have worked in residential, commercial and utility arboriculture throughout my professional career. I also carry a California Qualified Applicators License (QL 104230) and am Tree Risk Assessor Qualified (TRAQ) through the ISA.
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.
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 www.thebrittonfund.org 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.
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.
I collaborate with other arborists that specialize in specific areas of arboriculture or related fields when appropriate.
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.
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.
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.
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P.O. Box 1010 – Felton, CA 95018