Michael LaMana, MS, RCA, BCMA

Michael LaMana, MS, RCA, BCMA

LaMana Consulting Foresters
309 Fellowship Rd., Suite 200,
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Mobile: 610-331-3380
Office: 609-493-9888
Introduction

Michael LaMana is the founder of LaMana Consulting Foresters – a professional consulting firm providing expertise in most facets of landscape management, arboriculture, urban and municipal forestry, and traditional woodlands management. Michael holds a B. S. Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, and a M.S. in Entomology from Oregon State University. With more than 30 years of relevant experience in arboriculture, landscape management and urban forestry, Mr. LaMana is a recognized leader in his fields of practice.

Mr. LaMana has served as a Director of the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), and Chair of the NJ Division of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He is a NJ Licensed Tree Expert (LTE); a Board-Certified Master Arborist (BCMA) – with a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) – with the International Society of Arborists (ISA). Mike also is a Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) with ASCA, a Certified Forester with the SAF, and an Approved Consultant Forester credentialed by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to handle matters related to New Jersey Farmland Tax Assessment


Areas of Expertise
  • Biology
  • Crops
  • Forestry
  • Insects & Pests
  • Tree/Arborist

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: M.S. Entomology, Oregon State University,
B.S. Natural Resource Management (Forestry) Rutgers University
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Amer. Soc. of Consulting Arborists - Registered Consulting Arborist
International Society of Arboriculture - Board Certified Master Arborist
International Society of Arboriculture - Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
State of Maryland – Licensed Tree Expert
State of New Jersey - Licensed Tree Expert
State of New Jersey - Approved Consultant Forester
Society of American Foresters - Certified Forester
USDA NRCS - Technical Service Provider
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Amer. Soc. of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) - Member; Director 2006-2009 & 2022-2024
Dover Township Shade Tree Comm. - Chair 2003-2004
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - Member
Ocean County NJ Environmental Agency - Member 2013-2014
Society of American Foresters SAF) - Member
SAF Allegheny Chapter, NJ Division - Chair 2012-2014; Vice-Chair 2010-2012
Toms River Environmental Comm. - Member 2006-2008
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: When to Call a Consulting Arborist, Garden State Tree Conference, Atlantic City NJ, Dec., 2021
Report Writing for Arborists, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia PA, Nov. 18, 2016
Forensic Investigations in Arboriculture. ASCA Consulting Academy, 2013, -12, -11 & -10.
The Forestry Profession in NJ. Rutgers University Undergraduate Prog. Natural Res., 2016,-12,-09
Advanced Landscape Diagnostic: Reporting. ASCA., Ann. Mtg, Monterey, CA 2009.
Forestry & Wetlands Regulations. NJ Forest Assn Annual Meeting, Monroe NJ, Mar. 21, 2009.
Community Forestry in Island Heights. Island Hts. Boro, NJ Speaker Series, May 2008.
Tree Preservation in Urban Soils. Univ. Penn., Landscape Arch. Grad. Program, Phila, PA, Mar. 2008.
ASCA Consulting Academy. Sheraton Hotel. San Diego, CA. Feb. 2008
Existing Woodlands in Landscape Design. Univ. Penn., Landscape Arch. Grad. Prog. Phila, PA, Mar. 2007.
Tree Risk Assessment. Natures Tree, Inc., Ann. Sales Conference, Chappaqua, NY, Feb. 2007.
Arbor Consulting 101. Amer. Soc. Consult. Arborist, Ann. Mtg, Napa, CA, Dec. 2006.
Uneven Aged Silviculture in Central NJ. Cook College, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ, Oct. 2004.
Valuation and Appraisal of Amenity Trees. Seaside Rotary, Seaside Heights, NJ. Mar. 2004.
Economics of Large-Tree Relocation. NJ Forestry Assn., Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Nov. 2003.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: Absolutely not.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 75+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Trees; Arboriculture, Forestry; Tree failure; Landscape management; Tree appraisal; Land use applications; Environmental regulations & violations; Timber trespass;
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50% approx.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50% approx.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 9
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2017
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 11
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Approximately 15, plus many more land use application testimonies
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 19
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting forensic expert; expert witness; technical consulting; forensic site investigations; testing; professional collaboration; report writing; testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please call to discuss.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please call to discuss.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please call to discuss.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please call to discuss.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All other fees typically passed through to Client, without mark-up.

References

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