Todd Prager | Curriculum Vitae

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M.S. Horticulture, UC Davis June 2007

 B.S. Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, UC Davis June 2001

 A.S.  Forestry, Bakersfield College June 1998

Select Certifications

American Institute of Certified Planners, ISA Board Certified Master

Arborist WE-6723B, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified

Recent Career History

Teragan & Associates[1], Lake Oswego, OR  {2012-Present}

 Arboricultural Consulting Associate

  • Consulting arborist/planner for municipalities. Activities include conducting tree risk assessments and recommending abatement options; determining the replacement value of illegally removed trees; performing land use completeness reviews; recommending conditions of land use approval; conducting compliance inspections; providing analysis, comments and written reports on tree removal permits; preparing reports, comments, and revisions to development codes, municipal codes, and urban forestry technical manuals.
  • Consulting arborist/planner for private firms and individuals. Activities include preparing tree inventories, tree appraisals, tree risk assessments, natural resource delineations, preservation plans, mitigation options, arborist reports, tree permits, and land use applications/findings for development projects as required by local land use requirements.


The City of Tigard, Tigard, OR {2007-2012}     

City Arborist/Planner

  • Conducted tree risk assessments and recommend abatement options to protect public safety.
  • Ensured public and private development projects adequately protected existing trees, and design/build new landscapes that provide increased tree canopy.
  • Served as manager for capital improvement projects to restore tree canopy on public properties such as schools, freeways, and parks.
  • Performed tree appraisals to determine replacement value of trees removed for public and private development projects.
  • Acted as project manager for the development and implementation of the City’s Urban Forestry Master Plan and Urban Forestry Code Revisions projects[2].
  • Created a flexible and incentive based tree grove preservation program through the statewide planning goal 5 process.
  • Developed a publicly accessible GIS based citywide tree and urban forest inventory.

[1] Todd Prager & Associates merged with Teragan & Associates in 2014

[2] Received 2013 Oregon Planning Association Award for Professional Achievement in Planning and 2014 American Planning Association Award for Best Practice in Planning.


The City of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA  {2002-2006}

Urban Forestry Inspector

  • Evaluated conditions of the urban forest, including tree risk assessments, to prioritize management activities for City staff.
  • Worked with developers and property owners on the preservation and installation of trees and landscaping to ensure compliance with City standards.
  • Prepared public reports regarding permitting and enforcement decisions.
  • Lead trainings for the public on planting and maintaining trees.

Nursery Specialist

  • Participated in the design of the Conservatory of Flowers lowland tropics exhibit.
  • Maintained plant species to preserve biodiversity and educate the public about tropical ecosystem issues.
  • Utilized IPM techniques including use of organic pesticides, predatory insects, and physical/mechanical controls while evaluating their effectiveness and protecting public health and safety.


  • Coordinated the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of landscape improvements at the National AIDS Memorial Grove (NAMG).
  • Served as staff liaison between the City and the NAMG board of directors.
  • Organized and supervised monthly workdays with up to 150 volunteers.

Select Research/Publications

City of Tigard. 2012. Urban Forestry Code Revisions Volumes I-V. City of Tigard, OR, Community Development Department, Long Range PlanningDivision. 1031p.

 City of Tigard. 2009. Urban Forestry Master Plan. City of Tigard, OR, Community Development Department, Current Planning Division. 101p.

 Burger, D.B. and T.E. Prager. 2008. Deep rooted trees for urban environments: selection and propagation. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Journal 34(3): 184-190.

McPherson, E.G. 2001. Sacramento’s parking lot shading ordinance: environmental and economic costs of compliance. Landscape and Urban Planning 57(2): 105-123.

McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper and Q. Xiao. 2001. Benefits and costs of Santa Monica’s urban forest. Davis, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest research station, center for urban forest research.

 McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper and Q. Xiao. 1999. Benefit-cost analysis of Modesto’s municipal urban forest. Journal of Arboriculture. 25(5): 235-248.

 McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper and Q. Xiao. 1999. Tree guidelines for San Joaquin Valley communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission.


Select Seminar Instruction

“Benefits of Trees Walk” City of Lake Oswego Urban and Community Forestry Program, Lake Oswego, Oregon, July 2014.

 “Tigard, Tree City USA” Tigard High School Community Experience forCareer Education Program (CE)2, Tigard, Oregon, December 2013. 

“Growing Big Trees for Stormwater Management” Parking Forest Presentation at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, Portland, Oregon, December 2013.

“How Much Soil Does a Tree Need?” Parking Forest Presentation at theSunset Swim Center, Beaverton, Oregon, November 2013.

“Branching Out: Urban Forest Planning” Oregon Planning Conference atthe Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, May 2013.

 “Urban Forest Panel Discussion” The Intertwine Spring Summit at the World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon, April 2013.

“Preserving Trees with Development” Guest Lecturer at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon, October 2011 and October 2012.

“A Walk in Springbrook Park: Past, Present, and Future of an Urban Forest”  Friends of Springbrook Park, Lake Oswego, Oregon, April 2010.

 “Trees and Parking Lots” Oregon Department of Forestry, Willamette Valley Green Industry Seminar, Silverton, Oregon, December 2009.

“Reading the Landscape to Make Soil Determinations” James Urban and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Up By Roots Breakout Session, Oregon City , Oregon, April 2009.

Select Volunteer Activities

“Regional Urban Forestry Strategy Steering Committee” The Intertwine  Alliance, Portland, Oregon, May 2013-Present.

 “Planning Commission” City of Lake Oswego Commission Appointment, Lake Oswego, Oregon, November 2010-May 2015.

“Second Look at Sensitive Lands” City of Lake Oswego Task Force Appointment, Lake Oswego, Oregon, September 2009-May 2010.