Writing, to be effective, must follow closely the thoughts of the writer, but not necessarily in the order in which these thoughts occur. William Strunk Jr.
Good communication is essential to every facet of arboriculture. Good reports, whether bids or cost proposals, management plans, risk assessments, or appraisals, are an effective communication tool that can ensure a positive outcome for any project.
This workshop provides simple, easy-to-understand instruction to support arborists in writing effective reports. Topics will include report-writing basics, the crucial elements of an effective report, and various report styles, from a simple on-site field reports and estimates to comprehensive booklet-style reports. Authored reports will be reviewed and critiqued, and report templates included in the take-home handouts.
Location: Clackamas Community College, Environmental Learning Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City OR 97035
9:00am – 12:00pm (With two 15-minute breaks)
The 7 basic elements of a report.
The purpose and use of a report.
Three report formats and when to use them.
Using first person active language.
Using simple language.
The most useful question to ask your client.
12:30 – 1:30pm
Review of submitted reports/discussion. (practice)
Before the Workshop
You are encouraged to send a report of yours to the instructor for review as part of the afternoon group discussion. This is a powerful way to learn about your own writing skills, and 2 or 3 professional reports will be accepted. Please send all reports in word format to Terry Flanagan, firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the workshop.
Terry Flanagan is a Board Certified Master Arborist as well as a Municipal Specialist and Tree Worker Specialist in Tree Climbing and Aerial Lift. He is also Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Terry was one of the first to be BCMA certified and chaired the panel of experts that helped create the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. He has been an instructor of the program since the beginning and serves as a mentor instructor for new instructors coming into the program. He also taught the Arboriculture class at Clackamas Community College for many years up until he assisted in creating a full degree program for Arboriculture at the college.
He is the principal at Teragan & Associates, Inc. created in 2000 offering consulting for every aspect of arboriculture including risk assessment, plant appraisal, tree development plans, plant and landscape management plans as well as diagnosis for plant decline.
He has served in many leadership roles for the local chapters and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) serving as its president in 2013/2014. He currently serves as the chair of the Tree Climbing Competition Series Committee (TCC SC) working to improve the Tree Climbing Series worldwide at the different levels of the competition.
Cancellations made at least 10 days prior to the event will be refunded at 100%.
Cancellations made within 5-9 days of the event will be refunded at 75%.
Cancellations made within 1-4 days of the event will be refunded at 50%.
Refunds will not be made available for no-shows.
Participants are expected to enroll prior to the registration deadline.
Participants can register at the door of the event only if space is available. Individuals will need to pack their own lunch.
Late registration is possible on a space available basis. You can contact our office at (800) 335-4391. There may, or may not be, room available for those who show up without registering ahead of time for the workshop. We encourage you to register for the workshop in advance.