Urban Forestry

Jim Cook, founder and President of the firm, has been a professional forester specializing in urban forestry since 1975.  A recognized urban forestry expert, he has helped create many urban forestry ordinances to conserve and protect urban/suburban trees, including regulations passed by Chatham County, Georgia (home of Savannah, “America’s first planned city”) and the State of Maryland (Forest Conservation Act of 1991: the nation’s first state-wide tree conservation ordinance).  Cook is an ISA- Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (NO-MA-5132A).

J. Cook Consultants has conducted tree inventories for the US Naval Academy, the historic LeDroit neighborhood and the Finnish embassy in Washington, DC, historic Christian Brothers Monastery in Maryland, the City of Rockville, MD and several other historic and notable sites and cities on the eastern seaboard.  We were the “resident experts” retained by the Architect of the Capitol to help preserve some of the famous cherry trees impacted by the Capitol Hill security bollard installation project.

Municipal and County Urban Foresters:   We understand the conflict between public and political demands for excellent urban forest management and today’s budgets and staffing constraints; contact us to discuss how we may help you reach your goals by outsourcing some of your work.



We will:

·  evaluate the condition of trees and tree stands, including hazard identification and risk assessment,

·  advise on and conduct tree inventories for park, recreation area, and street trees,

·  design natural resource conservation plans, including site planning, site design, and construction support to preserve trees,

·  inspect development and other sites for compliance with tree plans, planting contracts, and conservation regulations,

·  valuate historic, specimen, and other trees for insurance settlements, condemnation cases, damage/loss purposes,

·  conduct education and training courses on environmental topics such as tree preservation on construction sites and environmental site design.

Special Bulletin for Golf Course Designers/Superintendents:

Our technical expertise can bolster your knowledge and experience.  Lightning strike or other tree damage?  Worried about a tree or group of trees that affect play?  Not sure about the impact of the paved cart path that’s planned?  Remodeling a tee or green near mature trees?

Whether you are designing a new course, remodeling an older one, or trying to maintain the trees on your course, we can help.  We develop tree preservation plans, and work with you to help ensure trees are properly planted and maintained.  We’ll look at individual trees, consult on an entirely new course, or whatever you need.  Our professionals have worked with top golf courses from Hilton Head Island, SC to Leesburg, VA.  Contact us to discuss how we can work with you to manage the trees on your club, on and off the course.