John A. Harris, Principal of Landscape Economics, LLC, and President of Earth Advisors, Inc., is a LANDSCAPE ECONOMIST who has worked in the Arboriculture, Forestry, landscape and horticultural fields for over 20 years. Mr. Harris has provided reputable consulting, education and project management services for a wide variety of projects across the United States and internationally, in both temperate and tropical ecosystems.
Areas of Expertise:
Expert Witness for Arboricultural, Landscape, Nursery Values and Conditions
The number of storms in recent years increases the need for better tree and landscape decisions for property owners. Research regarding landscape damages for different storm intensities, what plants get knocked down by winds more often, and priorities for landscape restoration have been intensified by many southern state universities' forestry and horticultural departments.
Trees and landscapes have been valued since humans were given gardens for food and enjoyment. Once people determined how to harvest seeds, how to plant gardens and landscapes, and how to relocate trees and plants, then decisions about what to use and what not to use began to set values for plants. It is this author's opinion that these practices logically date back to the beginning of history.
The value of a tree can only be determined if we agree. Any value given, whether by a layperson or a professional, is real when another person involved in the process agrees to that value. The value used in the final decision can also be a different value from the one determined by the experts who worked on it (especially when the experts worked on different sides of a valuation case).
David G. Koger is a Remote Sensing Image Analysis expert with over 40 years of experience in the field. He configured and operates a state-of-the-art remote sensing image analysis and geographic information system and consults on various remote sensing applications.
BackgroundExperience - Mr. Koger was an early researcher and developer of Satellite Data Applications. He installed analog and digital image analysis workstations and trained users in defense, major oil, and academia in Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Africa and the U.S. His clients include the Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, American Farm Bureau, broadcast journalism, law firms, and several hundred oil and gas explorationists.
In 2007, Mr. Koger conducted a study to map regional geomorphic features for all of Nebraska. Since that time, ten earthquakes of 3.0 and above on the Richter scale have coincided with features mapped. Using Digital Airborne Platforms, he has studied huge areas around the globe.
In his unique line of work, Mr. Koger has performed forensics film analysis, searched for Noah's Ark, and analyzed images of the Shroud of Turin and the underwater video that found the Titanic.
Litigation Support - Mr. Koger offers Forensic Digital Image Analysis of remotely sensed, aerial photo (digital or film), and underwater video. His services include forensics, time-series studies, and documentation of surface damages, wildfires, material movements. Expert witness strategies and research methodologies are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.
Year after year, their crops, livestock, equipment, barns, out buildings and fences went up in smoke. With nothing left to sell, they reinvested what money they did have (and borrowed) to replace it all. What they could not do—at any cost—was restore fragile habitats and native grasses, which had been groomed and guarded over for generations.