A practical demonstration of techniques and ideas, for the construction of passageways for arboreal animals across roadways, using trees, poles and rope ladders.

Dr Rodney van der Ree

Dr Rodney van der Ree is the Australian National Technical Executive – Ecology, with WSP, a multi-national specialist engineering consultancy.
He is internationally recognised for his expertise in urban ecology and road ecology.
Rodney published the international award-winning “Handbook of Road Ecology” (Wiley, 2015), with 63 chapters by more than 100 authors from 25 countries.
He has advised the European Union on habitat fragmentation issues and sits on expert advisory committees for the Swedish Transport Administration and VicRoads.
He has supported the development and growth of road ecology research and mitigation programs in South Africa, Singapore, India, Taiwan, China, Japan and South America.

Cameron Ryder

Cameron has been involved in the broader horticulture industry for 22 years including 17 studying and practicing arboriculture.  Cameron worked as a climbing arborist for a short while before injury forced an early end.  Since 2004, he has worked as a consultant in the arboricultural industry and completed many and varied projects including as an expert witness in various legal fora.

In recent years he has co-authored 2 published journal articles based on previous research investigating a cost benefit analysis for formative pruning young trees and on the efficacy of Ground Penetrating Radar.

In 2014, Cameron started C&R Ryder Consulting.  In a short while the business has experienced strong growth and focuses on providing high quality tree and vegetation assessments, tree surveys, strategic documentation and arboricultural project management to local governments, utilities, civil and the legal/insurance sectors.

Grant Harris

Grant first studied arboriculture at Merristwood and worked as a climbing arborist at the University of Oxford Botanical Gardens, where he became interested in the management of habitat in veteran Oaks.
After settling in Australia and completing a diploma in Arboriculture and degree in Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology), he founded Ironbark Environmental Arboriculture.
Grant and his team provide arboricultural and ecological consultancy services to local government, industry and private clients; with a particular focus on habitat trees.