Tree Care: Upgrading your Tree Care Practices into a Community Forestry Strategy

by Brandon Elrod | TLE Seminar


Seminar Dates: September 21, 2023 11:45 AM

Seminar Cost: $45 Register for Seminar

Seminar Description:
Arborists and tree workers often find themselves in an ambassador role, winning over a client to a healthier way of caring for their trees. Community Forestry is the next step in crafting solutions and communicating with clients. It involves holistic landscape management, tree management, property management and stakeholder engagement. Before we can leverage it as a solution for climate change, however, it is essential to understand what Community Forestry is, and what is required for a successful program. Come discover how to level up your tree management practices!

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn what is missing from most tree care proposals
2. Learn how to craft more effective tree management strategies
3. Learn tips on how to better communicate these strategies with clients

Brandon Elrod

I’m Brandon Elrod, and I love trees! Originally a Landscape Architecture student, I earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture after I discovered it was possible to have a career spent among the trees! I’ve been a Certified Arborist for 25 years and an ISA member for 18, and my career has been spent in holistic commercial arboriculture.  

I originally interned with the USDA Forest Service before being hired by a nationwide tree care company. After a decade working for them, I launched my own holistic arborist company. I went on to found Community Forests Council, a non-profit where I currently work to bridge the world of arborists with the world of urban foresters.   

I’ve had some great opportunities to collaborate with other arborists and educators over the years: I was able to serve on the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s advisory committee for arboriculture; I have volunteered on the WCISA’s Spanish Committee for a few years now, and I am especially proud of having launched the first ever Spanish Regional Conference during my time as chairman of the WCISA’s Spanish Committee. I now serve on the Board of Trustees for Oak Valley College.   

I believe strongly in the importance of continued personal growth, and as a result I have earned my Agricultural Pest Control Adviser License, Certified Professional Horticulturist endorsement, Master Herbalist certificate and a diploma in Ecology as well as a doctorate in an ancillary field. Most recently I graduated from Yale University’s Tropical Reforestation Certificate program and the Municipal Forestry Institute.