Research

Overview

Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc. distinguishes itself as one of the Canadian prairie provinces' largest private urban forestry and arboriculture research firms and has become world-renowned for their work in field-applicable research in these professions. 

Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc.'s research division aims to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in arboriculture and urban forestry with particular emphasis on climate- and public health-related research. Through publications and presentations, we uphold our commitment to the dissemination of relevant research within the scope of urban forest management, arboriculture practices, government policies, and equity-based management decisions.

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc.'s research division has produced research with global application. Our topics of research include:

  • COVID-19 and Arboriculture: Best Practices to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in the Tree Care Industry

  • Equitable Distribution of Canopy Cover and Accessible Public Parks

  • Prevention of Human-Wildlife Conflict in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)

  • Arboriculture Regulations and Education in Canada

  • Safe Work Practices in the Arboriculture Industry

  • Tree Planting Policies

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Conferences and Research

As an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA), Alexander Martin is distinguished as one of the world's highest certified arborist. 

 

Alexander Martin has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on arboriculture and urban forestry topics. His research and writing includes safe work practices, conservation ethics, and the merger of urban forestry with anthropology. 

COVID-19 and Arboriculture

Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting Inc. released the arboriculture industry's first publication on the COVID-19 pandemic, titled Recommended Best Management Practices for the Arboriculture Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Led by Ironwood's Director Alexander Martin, BCMA CTSP, we became the leading voice on COVID-19 and the arboriculture industry. Our staff have written, presented, and consulted internationally on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work includes:

Publications:

  • Martin, A. (2021). COVID-19 in arboriculture and urban forestry: Case studies on economic impacts. SCA Today, 26(1), 1,6-8. Society of Commercial Arboriculture.

  • O’Brien, A., & Martin, A. (2020). Recommended best practices for tree care companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tree Care Industry Magazine, 31. Tree Care Industry Association.

  • O’Brien, A., & Martin, A. (2020). Recommended best practices for tree care companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arborist News, August 2020. International Society of Arboriculture.

  • Martin, A. (2020). Recommended best management practices for the arboriculture industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tree Care Industry Association. 

  • Martin, A. (2020). Recommended best management practices for the arboriculture industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ironwood Urban Forestry Consulting. 

Presentations:

  • Martin, A. (2021). Past, Present and Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts on Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Society of Commercial Arboriculture.

  • Martin, A. (2021). COVID-19 and Arboriculture: COVID-19 in a Canadian Context. 2021 Parks Professional Pathways, British Columbia Rec and Parks Association.

  • Martin, A. (2021). COVID-19 and Arboriculture. Online Learning Webinar, Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

  • Martin, A. (2020). COVID-19 and Arboriculture. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) 2020 International Conference.