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2017 AUTUMN SEMINARS

“ADVOCATING FOR TREES” – RACHEL ROAT

PROGRAM ON TREE LAW

October 4, 2017 at 7PM

Rachel Roat, an attorney with the unusual practice of Tree, Neighbor and Garden Law, will give a power point presentation on trees and the law. The talk, sponsored by the Bristol Township Environmental Advisory Commission, will be held at the Township Auditorium located at 2501 Bath Road in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The event is free, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Miller at: ellenmiller24@comcast.net.
 
Rachel Roat is uniquely qualified to give this talk. Her “growing” legal and mediation practice in Newark, New Jersey (908-334-3590) deals with the sticky issues that can occur when trees catalyze disputes. She has presented lectures to Garden Clubs, Master Gardeners, Arboretums and Shade Tree Commissions.
 
For example, if a tree has grown across the boundary between two properties, and now has roots in two yards, it can give rise to many questions, including “Whose tree is it?” or “Who can cut it down or trim the branches?” or “If it falls on my roof, who pays?” Ms. Roat, who acknowledges that she is a “tree hugger,” helps neighbors work out the tricky questions that arise when trees grow out of bounds, present hazards, block views, or are more loved by one party than by the other (who might even be seeking to commit “arborcide”). Attorney Roat hates to see issues like this go to court and has developed a mediation practice to reduce client costs and help protect trees. She offers advice, negotiation, mediation and then litigation as a last resort.
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PARTIAL LIST of PAST SEMINARS

 
07/22/15 Native Plants - why they are important, how they help our birds and wildlife
05/27/15 Tree Planting - Increase property values with trees, smaller trees and shrubs for smaller properties
03/25/15 Composting· with a door prize of black "Earth Machine" backyard composter
06/25/14 Residential Stormwater Control Part II
05/28/14 Selecting, Planting & Pruning of Trees04/23/14Invasive & Native Plants
03/26/14 Home Composting
02/26/14 Residential Stormwater Control Part I
07/24/13 Report on Levittown Greenbelt Trail System
06/26/13 Bird Town03/30/13Making a Bat Box
03/27/13 The Benefits of Bats
02/27/13 Upcoming Events & Partnerships
06/27/12 Residential Storm Water Control (MS4)-John Voit of Lentzcaping
05/23/12 Alternative Energy - Mark Bortman of Exact Solar
04/25/12 Water Monitoring - Bucks County Conservation District
03/28/12 Effects of Yard Waste & Invasives on Our Waterways - Sue Myerov of Heritage Conservancy
02/22/12 How Native Trees Benefit Our Ecology - Emma Melvin of PHS
10/26/11 Composting & Worm Farming
09/29/11 MS4 Program Explained
08/31/10 Healthy Water Chemistry
07/31/10 Macroinvertebrate Field Trip by Stroud Water
07/27/10 Macroinvertebrate Class by Stroud Water
06/29/10 Storm Water Absorption and Carbon Sequestration of Native Plants
05/18/10 Invasive vs Native Plants; Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Amy Hoffmann
04/27/10 Importance of Riparian Buffer Enhancement; Chris Hallinger, Arcadis
03/30/10 Tree Planting & Care; TreeTenders, Barley Van Clief
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