HIM AN EXPERT?
Bob has worked in the tree service industry since 1978
as a climber, contractor, instructor, consultant, and expert witness. He was also
one of seven founding members of the Professional Tree Care Association of San
Diego County founded in 1985, an organization that has increased the quality of
tree care and tree care providers throughout the county.
As a climber for the County of San Diego and Homestead Tree Service
Inc., he has dealt, firsthand, with trees from the bottom up. Climbing to prune
or remove as well as stump removal, planting and transplanting, he has put into
practice the continuing education from college and seminars he was acquiring.
a California State licensed contractor, he has dealt with trees, clients, employees,
government entities, local and state regulations & tree ordinances, insurance,
and equipment. He continued to increase his knowledge thru seminars, becoming
the first certified arborist in the County of San Diego back in 1985. In January
2001, he became one of only four Registered Consulting Arborists in San Diego
County and less than 160 in the United States.
Walton talks about heart rot fungus at a
Professional Tree Care seminar field
As an instructor,
Robert has taught at numerous Professional Tree Care Association meetings and
seminars, as well as annual seminars of the Western Chapter International Society
of Arboriculture held at Disneyland and San Diego, an Urban Forest Council meeting,
and the Mycology Society of San Diego. He has also instructed in pruning techniques
to include many for the ground crew of the Chula Vista School District (the largest
elementary school district in the country).
As a consultant, Bob has helped preserve
some of San Diego's historic trees, assisted homeowner's in the care of their
trees, consulted for corporations to include Jack in the Box and San Diego Marriott,
worked with attorneys and insurance adjusters in valuations and legal disputes,
mediated between homeowners in tree disputes, as well as legal mediation and consulted
and advised government entities to include the U.S. Navy, California Department
of Parks, County of San Diego Department of Public Works and Department of Parks
and Recreation, the City of Lemon Grove and the City of San Diego, City of Encinitas,as
well as school districts to include Chula Vista School District, San Ysidro School
District, San Diego City School District, and the Del Mar School District .
Walton, Certifed Arborist, is seen using
a Resistograph as part of
As an expert witness,
he has worked with attorneys and insurance companies bringing experience, knowledge
and objectivity to the table thru consultations, depositions and court testimony.
this has given Bob a wide range of experience and knowledge with a wide perspective
in the field of arboriculture from the roots and the soil they grow in to the
upper most part of the tree canopy, from the residential landscape to the wooded
lot, from the classroom to the court room and from the book to the field.