Chris and Dave Ahlum represent two out of twelve board certified Master Arborists that offer expert witness testimony and consulting for litigation purposes in the state of Ohio. They hold the highest credentials in the industry: BCMA (Board Certified Master Arborist) and ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists). Additionally, as a matter of interest, Chris is the youngest arborist to receive both of these credentials and is on board of the Society of Commercial Arboriculture and the ISA Certification Board. Arborjet asked Chris to share about this interesting facet of their business, Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation.
The Usual Cases
“We regularly consult on cases where a developer trespasses and cuts down more than an acre. Often situations arise where a neighbor trespasses and cuts a tree down, then we consult on the value of the tree. Additionally, we receive calls from insurance companies to determine the cause of failure if a tree falls on a house.
“We were recently involved in a case where a tree fell from the woods across a two lane street, and sadly hit a car, severely injuring the driver. We were hired to determine if the tree was a hazard and if the owner should have been taking care of the tree.”
“We are involved in 2-4 cases a month. My father stays in our local area but I am willing to travel out of state if the distance is reasonable. I have a case right now in West Virginia and I was recently involved in a case in Michigan.”
Arboriculture as a Lucrative Career Choice
“Often a career as an arborist is seen as a choice for teens that can’t make it academically. I try to inspire young adults so they see that you can make a career treating or climbing trees, or you can take the next step and make a very lucrative living consulting.”