Friday, December 2
4:15 pm–5:15 pm

How Do Your Field Notes and the Way You Collect Them Influence Your Report?

Does how a consultant records field observations influence report content? Does it matter if we record observation on audio- or videotape, with pen and paper, on a computer, or in annotated photographs? The speakers will talk about research on note-taking styles/methods and their relative effectiveness. They will also discuss how the type of report can influence how and what we record in the field.



Brian Gilles, RCA #418

Gilles Consulting



Patrick Parker, RCA # 514, SavATree

Patrick Parker graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an associate’s degree in arboriculture and park management and a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry. He has been involved in arboriculture for 28 years and is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and a Registered Consulting Arborist. He holds arborist licenses or certifications in six states and commercial pesticide licenses in 10 states. Mr. Parker is active in several industry associations, including serving on the board of directors of the NY Alliance for Environmental Concerns, the Connecticut Tree Protective Association, and the Connecticut Environmental Council. As the director of the PHC Program at SavATree, Mr. Parker is responsible for ensuring that all PHC treatments are performed effectively and efficiently with concern for the environment and in compliance with all federal, state, and local pesticide regulations.