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Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
Bobby L. Lanford, PhD
2066 Girls Ranch Road
Camp Hill AL, MT 36850
phone: 406-531-3541
Bobby L. Lanford, PhD is a Forest Operations Consultant with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Lanford is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Auburn and Clemson Universities.

Dr. Lanford provides litigation support services on court cases involving Forestry Accidents, Product Liability, and Contractual Disputes. He has been retained for his expert witness services approximately 25 times. Dr. Lanford offers his expertise to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

Selected Cases Include:
  • Contract Disputes
  • Forest Harvesting and Thinning Practices
  • Wood Handling Facilities Safety Standards and Procedures
  • Chainsaw Felling Personal Injury
  • Truck Off Loading Standards and Procedures
  • Timber Inventory and Mensuration
  • Logging Machines' Productivity and Performance
  • Potential Production and Profits of Logging Operations and Wood Products Facilities
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2/11/2015 · Plants & Trees
Anyone who has a home with trees around it will someday need to remove dead or dying limbs and trees. The best managed landscaping requires trees to be pruned or removed as they grow. In addition, storms often create dangerous situations as limbs and trees are broken or bent over. I remember living on Lake Martin in Alabama during Hurricane Opel. The storm hit at night and we sat in the basement listening to all the commotion and guessing what was happening to our home. Occasionally, I would go up to the main floor with a flash light (power was toast) and peer out the windows trying to assess the damage. One time I reported to my family that the porch roof was gone. The porch faced the lake and the direction of the wind. It had rained all day before the hurricane winds hit causing the soil around the trees that separated our home from the water to soften up. At day light we found all the lakeside trees pushed over onto our roof.

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Julian Forbes-Laird
Principal Consultant
Dendron House
Barford Road
Blunham Bedford MK44 3ND
phone: 44-1767-641648
fax: 44-1767-641648
Julian Forbes-Laird is a Chartered Arboriculturist, Arboricultural Association Registered Consultant, experienced Expert Witness and Principal Consultant of Forbes-Laird Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. Mr. Forbes-Laird has a professional practice working throughout the UK and overseas. He covers all aspects of arboriculture, specializing in planning, tree safety and litigation related matters.

Mr. Forbes-Laird is supported by a team of regionally based consultants, giving him national and international reach. He sets the standard for client service, works throughout the UK and abroad, provides commercially realistic strategic advice, prepares sensitive yet practical management plans, works within project design teams to evolve arboriculturally defensible layouts, wins planning appeals, and handles an enormous amount of work under pressing deadlines helping clients' achieve the best outcome.

Mr. Forbes-Laird is widely recognised as an authority on legal issues pertaining to trees and is an experienced Expert Witness. His expert services include Pre-Action Case Evaluation, TPO Prosecutions, Forensic Accident Investigation and Tree Root Damage to Buildings.

Other Services Include:
  • Planning for Developers and Local Authorities
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's)
  • Safety Inspections
  • Subsidence
  • Expert Witness
  • Landscape Design
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    Eric H. Hoyer
    Post Office Box 564
    32745 Pennsylvania Avenue
    San Antonio FL 33576
    phone: 352-588-2580
    fax: 352-588-2206
    Eric H. Hoyer is a Certified Arborist involved in all aspects of Forestry and Arboriculture on both private and public lands. A Registered Consulting Arborist through ASCA, his background includes timber sales, reforestation, prescribed burning, management plans, herbiciding and appraisals. Mr. Hoyer coordinates site prep and herbicide / reforestation contractors and has experience with site preparation and reclamation planting on phosphate mines. He has also been a party to several real estate transactions involving acreage.

    Mr. Hoyer has been involved in numerous court cases, providing depositions and serving as a qualified expert witness. His clients have included attorneys, landowners, homeowners, governmental entities, appraisers and others.

    Services Offered:
  • Forestry Management
  • Forest Management Plans
  • Urban Forestry Management Plans
  • Timber Appraisals
  • Tree Inventories
  • Tree Risk Assessments
  • Tree Appraisals
  • Protection of Trees During Construction
  • Expert Testimony
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    John Booth
    Director & Principal Consultant
    242 Highfields Park
    Derby DE22 1JY
    phone: 01332-556307
    Mark WilliamsJohn Booth, the Principal Consultant and Practice Director of Sylvanus Arboricultural Consultants Ltd., is a Chartered Aboricuturalist and Chartered Environmentalist and one of the UK’s most widely qualified Arboricultural Consultants. He has over 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors and has written numerous articles and papers for respected publications including the International Journal of Urban Forestry for which he is also a referee.

    Mr. Booth and Sylvanus Ltd. are regularly instructed by both developers and Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) who are keen to ensure a satisfactory outcome from the planning process, (i.e. an appropriate balance between tree retention and realizing a site's development potential). All such work is carried out in accordance with the guiding principles of British Standard 5837 ‘Trees in Relation to Construction – Recommendations.’

    Mr. Booth is a Bond Solon/Cardiff University trained Expert Witness and a member of the Expert Witness Institute. He has many years experience in both courtroom and planning enquiries.

    Services Include:

  • Tree Inspection & Survey - Single Tree, Large Population, Mortgage Lending, Safety and Subsidence Issues
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) and Conservation Areas - Detailed Specifications for Tree Work Applications for Trees with Statutory Protection
  • Trees and Development - Tree Surveys for Submission with Planning Applications
    Tree Constraints Plans (TCP’s)
    Tree Protection Plans (TPP’s)
    Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA)
    Arboricultural Method Statements (AMS)