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Professional tree management for your home and property

Seattle Tree Care is a family owned and operated company specializing in the thoughtful care of the Pacific Northwest’s largest living things. Since 2006 we have been committed to providing exceptional customer service and high quality tree care in the Seattle region. You can trust us to help you make the best decisions about your trees and property, and to safely and efficiently perform all your tree service needs.

Meet Our Crew

Peter Gruenwoldt

Seattle Tree Care Owner, Lead Arborist and Operations Manager

ISA Certified Arborist (PN-6127A) | ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor #905

Peter’s love for trees runs deep and started young. Growing up in a small Western Washington rural community, Peter started learning about trees at an early age alongside his father, a U.S Forest Service Forester and ISA Certified Arborist. Peter’s initial exposure to Forestry was on long hikes with his father cruising old growth timber stands and collecting data about spotted owl habitat. Climbing to the highest vantage point has always been second nature to Peter, and he spent many days of his youth rock climbing in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and California. Peter studied Environmental Science at the University of Redlands, and then combined his love of climbing with his love of trees, and became a proficient and skilled tree climber working for several different companies in the Seattle area.


Knowing that there was an extra level of depth, sustainable practices and customer service he could provide, Peter founded Seattle Tree Care in 2006. A husband and father of three, Peter will always put your safety and the enjoyment of your property first. Peter is committed to creating the maximum benefit that trees and people share and is grateful to work with your amazing Seattle trees while practicing the art and science of responsible tree care.


Favorite Tree: Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii)

Kelsey Gruenwoldt

Seattle Tree Care Owner and Business Manager

Kelsey is a fourth generation Seattle native with a great appreciation for this beautiful region. She earned her BA from the University of Washington in the Program on the Environment (2003), an interdisciplinary degree that included Forestry classes. In her studies of old growth forests she learned Tree Identification, Stand Management and Tree Assessment. Post University Kelsey worked as the Director of a local environmental company with a mission to help sustainable businesses grow. When her first child was on the way in 2007, Kelsey decided it was time to help build her own family business. She took her HR, bookkeeping and managerial skills, and put her energy into shaping and growing Seattle Tree Care.


To this day Kelsey loves making sure that the Seattle Tree Care team is at the ready to provide an outstanding experience for your tree care, because a lifetime spent in Seattle means Kelsey knows that when the sun shines we all want to enjoy the great outdoors!


Favorite Tree: Noble Fir (Abies procera)

Whitman Bouton

Lead Arborist and Project Manager

ISA Certified Arborist #PN-8386A |  Tree Risk Assessment Qualified 

Whitman has a passion for trees, environmental stewardship and urban planning, and over a decade of experience demonstrating both the knowledge and practice of tree care. Originally from Texas, he migrated to Northern California where he worked in forest restoration, timber stand improvement and wildland firefighting. Having found his passion for this type of work he moved to Portland to study Forestry at Oregon State University, as well as Geographic Information Systems at Portland State.


Whitman has been involved with regional equity mapping projects both in the City of Portland and the City of Seattle, he has volunteered as an “Arborist On-Call” for Portland’s street tree inventory program, and has been a volunteer performing tree planting and public education since 2009 with the regional organization Friends of Trees.


Favorite tree: Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Ben Bradley

Office Manager

Ben moved from Los Angeles to Seattle in 2017 and has years of experience with small business management and human resources. He enjoys working with clients from the first contact to the final invoice. His favorite part about his job is being able to support the entire team at Seattle Tree Care. He spends his evenings and weekend rock climbing, cycling and attending Sounders games.


Favorite Tree: Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)

Hannah Swanson

Associate Arborist and Permit Specialist 

Hannah was raised in the mountains of Colorado and fell in love with trees at a young age. She moved to Seattle to attend Seattle Pacific University where she graduated with a degree in Ecology. At Seattle Tree Care she uses her knowledge of trees and the environment to help the greater Seattle area with their tree care needs. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, cycling and traveling the world.


Favorite Tree: Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa)

Jacob Reyes

Lead Tree Climber and Training Program Leader 

ISA Certified Arborist (PN-8296A)

Jacob began working at Seattle Tree Care in 2012 after graduating from the University of Washington with a BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management. His skill set includes safely removing all sizes of trees in tight quarters, artistically carving habitat snags and expertly pruning trees to increase client safety and aesthetic satisfaction.


In addition to his technical tree climbing skills, he is a natural leader and teacher and he enjoys facilitating company safety and training sessions. Jacob is passionate about trees and maintaining the biodiversity and ecosystems of the urban forest. Outside of work Jacob pursues interests in permaculture, hiking, sailing, and recreational tree climbing.


Favorite Tree: Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

George Bruno

Equipment and Crew Manager

George has been working with trees since he was 14 years old. Experienced in all aspects of tree care, he is Seattle Tree Care’s #1 jack of all trades.  The right tool for the job is what George is all about and he makes sure every tool that is used on your property is working properly and is sharp!


A great mentor, George helps new crew members realize the Seattle Tree Care mission: Respect for property, trees, and a job well done.


Favorite Tree: New Jersey White Oak (Quercus alba)

David Moellendorf

Tree Climber and Bucket Truck Operator

David excels at helping coordinate the intricate moving parts of our operations while maintaining a customer first attitude. He is dedicated to caring for your trees with the sole purpose of improving their health and the beauty of your home. When he’s not caring for your trees, he is camping, hiking or hunting.


Favorite Tree: Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Chase Burum

Stump Grinder Operator and Tree Climber 

Chase has been with Seattle Tree Care since 2016, prior to which he worked for the City of Everett Parks and Rec on a tree crew. He loves the opportunity for learning new skills that comes from working for a private company. Chase has a passion for working outdoors and always has a smile on his face. In his free time he enjoys hiking, juggling and shooting.


Favorite Tree: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

John Byerly

Tree Climber

Since the day he started in 2015, John brings his customer-service-oriented nature and optimistic attitude to work every day. He is hardworking and driven to constantly improve his skills and stay up to date on the latest techniques. When he’s not at work, he’s on the mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking.


Favorite Tree: Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Adam Shahan

Grounds Crew Member

Adam loves being able to work outside everyday.. He enjoys spending his free time drawing comics, surfing, skateboarding, bike touring and playing chess.

Chase Robinson

Grounds Crew Member

Chase has a vast knowledge about horticultural trees and enjoys being able to apply what he knows in the field everyday. His favorite part about the job is being able to work in the different regions of the greater Seattle area. One of his goals is to become a tree climber at Seattle Tree Care.  When Chase isn’t as work, he likes to hike, paint and bonsai.


Favorite Tree: Hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

Nick Burley

Grounds Crew Member

Nick has worked in the tree care industry for over 4 years. He appreciates the opportunity at Seattle Tree Care to continue learning new technical and mechanical skills. His natural inclination to go above and beyond is valued by his co-workers and clients every day. A seafood aficionado, Nick likes fishing, hiking and camping.


Favorite Tree: Corkscrew Willows (Salix matsudana) and Sunset Maples (Acer rubrum)

Nick Banks

Grounds Crew Member

Nick loves working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a Ground Crew Member for Seattle Tree Care. Nick was born and raised in Seattle. He enjoys the fishing, hiking and sailing that this area has to offer.


Favorite Tree: Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

Zack Baer

Grounds Crew Member

Zack is an aspiring tree climber who is a certified permaculture designer. He is always eager to try new things and encourages the team daily with his upbeat attitude. His passions include climbing, hiking, and snowboarding. One of his personal achievements is being in the top 2% of Rocket League players.


Favorite Tree: Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Ethan Childs

Grounds Crew Member

Ethan moved to Seattle from New York after receiving a degree in Forestry. He’s a hard worker who loves having a job where he gets to work outside everyday. When he has time off of work, he enjoys traveling.  


Favorite Tree: Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Seattle Tree Care is an Arbor Day Foundation partner, donating a portion of proceeds to offset our carbon footprint through tree planting programs. In order to provide the top notch service we are known for, we recruit and keep an incredible team. Our company offers livable wages, advancement opportunities and paid trainings, along with great benefits. For you, this translates to peace of mind as you can rest assured that the Seattle Tree Care team working on your property is more than qualified for the job.

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