Ever since I was a child, I have always enjoyed nature and being out in it; whether it was shoveling snow and cutting lawns for my neighbors (to supplement my allowance) to any and all outside activities and sports, including climbing trees. During my first year of college studying Photography, Art and Psychology, I realized that this life direction was not my “calling,” and I wasn’t happy spending so much of my time indoors and sitting.
As I was exploring new directions in life, I read a job listing that advertised getting paid to climb trees, so I gave it a try. What’s that old saying? “Find a way to get paid for doing something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That decision opened my eyes to the world of arboriculture and the “green industry.”
I subsequently returned to college, obtained a degree in horticulture, and my hunger for knowledge has lead me to become a Certified Arborist as well as being certified in numerous other aspects and skills relating to arboriculture. So many people love trees and nature, but don’t really understand them. It is very fulfilling for me to act as a conduit between people and nature, altering the environment and educating clients so that a harmonious coexistence can be reached, maintaining peoples’ happiness and preserving the health of the trees and plants.
After more than 25 years in this industry. I still love the challenge and fulfillment that so many aspects of arboriculture bring to my life. To be honest I am just a big kid. I get to play with a lot of cool toys and make a huge mess with friends, what could be better than that!?
On a more serious note, I love the challenge of pruning trees to improve their shape, structure or health. I also love educating clients about the needs trees have, and helping them have a better understanding of the ecosystem that is happening on their property so that they can better appreciate and enjoy it.
Many times, a tree has to be removed due to poor health, death, damage or development. In these cases, “rigging” down a very large tree into a small area while causing minimal or no impact to the understory and property can be a great challenge; one of the greatest compliments a client has given me is, “I never would have known a tree was there.”
I always enjoy the interaction with other arborists and tree workers when I travel. While I am teaching and educating others about different or new techniques, tools and equipment that they can use in order to be safer more efficient workers, as well as educated ambassadors of trees and nature, I myself get exposed to so many other cultures, techniques, types of people and trees… it’s priceless.
I am a proud arborist and cannot think of any other profession that would give me more fulfillment or a greater sense of accomplishment. Live well!