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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) | 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 Employee Photo

Whitman Bouton

Director of Operations

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

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 position for the City of Seattle’s 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) 

Clark Manning

Project Manager

ISA Certified Arborist (RM-7703A)

Hannah Swanson

Operations Manager and 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)

Logan Steinharter

Operations Assistant and Permit Specialist

Favorite Tree: Coastal redwood  (Sequoia sempervirens)

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)

Chase Burum

Tree Climber, Stump Grinder Operator, and Bucket Truck Operator

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)

Joe Garrity

Tree Climber

Lloyd Scott

Tree Climber 

Zack Baer

Tree Climber and Stump Grinder Operator 

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)

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)

Nick Burley

Grounds Crew Member

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)

Ethan Childs

Grounds Crew Member

Ethan moved to Seattle from New York after receiving a Masters 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)

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.

Brian Polkinghorn

Grounds Crew Member


Favorite Tree: 

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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