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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 and Lead Arborist

ISA Certified Arborist PN-6127A , Tree Risk Assessment Qualified 

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 Employee Photo

Whitman Bouton

Whitman has a passion for trees, environmental justice and urban planning. He arrived to Seattle Tree Care with 15 years of experience demonstrating both the knowledge and practice of tree care. Originally from Texas, he made his way West and worked in Northern California performing forest restoration, timber stand improvement, sudden oak death research, and wildland firefighting. After finding a passion for trees he moved North to study Forestry at Oregon State University, as well as Geographic Information Systems at Portland State. While attending college he worked as a project manager & continued working in urban forestry.

Whitman currently serves as the Environmental Justice chair on the City of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission &  has been involved with regional equity mapping projects in both the City of Portland & the City of Seattle. He has volunteered as an “Arborist On-Call” for Portland’s street tree inventory program and volunteered performing tree planting and public education since 2009 with the regional organization Friends of Trees.

Favorite tree: Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) 

Hannah Swanson

Operations Manager & Associate Arborist 

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

Jacob began working with Seattle Tree Care in 2012.  He is a Crew Leader and Lead Climber, proficient in large tree removals and pruning in tight urban settings.  He studied Environmental Science and Resource Management at the University of Washington.  He is passionate about trees and maintaining the biodiversity and ecosystems of the urban forest. He spent a year working as the lead climbing arborist at UW, and has made his way back to take on the responsibility of overseeing safety & training as well as the day to day  management of our field staff. Outside of work Jacob pursues interests in permaculture, hiking, sailing, and recreational tree climbing. He also fosters & rehabilitates baby squirrels. 

Favorite Tree: Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Ethan Childs

Project Manager & IPM Specialist

ISA Certified Arborist PN-8393A 

Ethan moved to Seattle from New York State where he earned a B.S in Biology from SUNY Cortland in 2012. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree he earned a M.S degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Science from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Ethan has a wide range of experience leading and working on projects centered on mycology, climate change, invasive insects, fire and forest ecology. He developed a love of trees by exploring the forests of the beautiful Adirondack mountains. In his free time Ethan enjoys a range of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and traveling.   

Favorite Tree: Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Delaney Garvin

Project Manager & Permit Specialist

ISA Certified Arborist IL-9552A 

Delaney grew up in Chicago where she became certified as an arborist and had her first forestry job after graduating from the College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University in Alabama. After working a few years in the great outdoors for the National Park Service, she joined us here in Seattle to continue working as an arborist in the PNW. Whens shes not at work, she enjoys hiking, riding, traveling, and exploring this new region.     

Favorite Tree: Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)

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)

Shari Selch

Operations Assistant

Born in Germany, Shari’s love for trees began as a child walking through the forests of Germany with her grandparents in the summers. Raised in El Paso, Texas she moved to Seattle in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the Pacific Northwest whose climate was very similar to her native country. She studied Environmental Science at the University of Washington and has been certified as a water quality specialist for Sno-King Watershed Council and a certified Master Steward. She is currently serving as the Community Representative chair for the City of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission and in her free time, she enjoys knitting and spending time with her baby boy.

Favorite Tree: Strawberry (Arbutus unedo)

Adam Shahan

Climber & Crew Leader

ISA Certified Arborist PN-8796A

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

Favorite Tree: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Aaron Jensen

Climber & Crew Leader

ISA Certified Arborist NE-7336A 

Aaron first became interested in tree care while working on a tree crew in South Carolina. He was impressed by the arborists expertise and technical skills in rigging and managing large, old-growth trees that had fallen over hiking and paddling trails. Aaron has shown great dedication working into a full-time position with Seattle Tree Care and is eager to expand his knowledge in the industry. Aaron likes to challenge himself with the complexity that tree care provides and the physical nature of the industry. 

Favorite Tree: Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa)

Lloyd Scott

Climber & Crew Leader

ISA Certified Arborist PN-8862A 

Lloyd got his start working in trees with a friend on a small scale. He found the work enjoyable and decided to move into tree work professionally. In Lloyd’s free time, he like to relax with a good beer, annoy his wife and children, and sleep.

Favorite Trees: European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Chase Burum

Climber & Crew Leader

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)

Ian Johnson

Climber & Crew Leader

Ian enjoys working for Seattle Tree Care because it has been a great opportunity to experience Seattle from a different point of view while still enjoying time outdoors. Ian moved from Fort Collins, Colorado where he was a climber.  Ian is an avid whitewater kayaker, skier, and all around outdoorsman.

Favorite Tree: Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Nick Burley

Grounds Crew Member & Climber in Training

Nick has worked in the tree care industry for over 5 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 Trees: Corkscrew Willows (Salix matsudana) & 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)

Moises Lorenzo

Grounds Crew Member

From a small town in northwest Spain, Moises joins Seattle Tree Care with a wealth of experience about trees and tree maintenance garnered from his father, who was a lifetime sawyer. Moises is passionate about trees and everything outdoors as he spends his time playing soccer, swimming, hiking, and bonding with friends and family.  

Favorite Tree: European oak  (Quercus robur)

Ryleigh Hartoung

Grounds Crew Member

Ryleigh is a Seattle native who grew up outdoors. He has been working in the tree industry for four years and loves the job satisfaction that each project provides and gives him the opportunity to improve and learn more skills. While not at Seattle Tree Care, Ryleigh spends his time exploring local restaurants with his friends and spending time with his family. 

Favorite Tree: Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. Dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’)

Jared Ashbaugh

Grounds Crew Member

Jared comes to Seattle Tree Care from Michigan but was drawn to the Pacific Northwest for the wildlife and recreational activities we have in Seattle. Jared has a personal connection to the outdoors through the many bonfires he and his friends had and learning about the forests that surrounded his home.   

Favorite Tree: Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)

Jericho Taylor

Equipment and Crew Member

Jericho joined Seattle Tree Care after previously working as a mechanic. His knowledge about vehicles and repairs is vital in keeping the trucks and equipment running efficiently and effectively. While not working on company vehicles, Jericho spends his time working on classic cars and spending time with his friends. 

Favorite Tree: Rainier Cherry tree (Prunus avium ‘Rainier)

Patrick Sullivan

Grounds Crew Member

Biography Coming Soon!

Joshua Kerl

Grounds Crew Member

Josh grew up in a small town on the gulf coast of Texas called China. Working performing trail building & wildland fire fighting has taken him to eleven different states, before he made his home in Seattle, WA. His hobbies include backpacking, mountaineering, & rock climbing. Whether he is traveling for work or recreating you can always find him with his faithful side kick Harvey a blue heeler. His favorite tree species can be found all over the American Southwest. It’s a favorite of Josh’s because of it’s resiliency & ability to survive in the must unlikely of places.
Favorite Tree: Pinyon / Piñon Pine (Pinus edulis)


Office Dog

“Hank Williams” got his start in forestry when he was born on a ranch in Northern California, since then he has spent his time exploring the natural world in all its splendor. He has been to top of many mountains & has been an expert work dog in the forest. Even though he has gone blind over the last year and transitioned into the office – we like to think he carries the joy of all the outdoor experiences he had over the last 11 years. His favorite tree is the Apple because they produce the best snacks.

Favorite Tree: Apple (Malus sp.)

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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