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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.

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.

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-)

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) Liriodendron tulipifera — Tuliptree

Jacob Reyes

Lead Tree Climber and Field Staff Coordinator

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: Robinia pseudoacacia (Black Locust)

Dan Schoo

Lead Tree Climber and Bucket Truck Operator

Dan was one of the first employees at Seattle Tree Care and has been with us since 2010. He started as a Grounds Crew Member and has dutifully learned all the skills required to make him one of the company’s most proficient tree climbers. Dan’s favorite part about working with trees is being outside and the incredible views really only accessible when you’re up in the treetops. When he’s not up a tree or operating the bucket, he’s rock climbing and bicycle touring.

 

Favorite Tree: Madrone (Arbutus menziesii)

Becky Brown

Office Manager

With a passion for details and a penchant for organization, Becky keeps the office running smoothly. She enjoys interacting with clients, learning about their trees and helping facilitate clear communication from first inquiry to final bill. When she’s not at the office, Becky is working on house projects with her husband, attending Sounders matches, or baking tasty desserts.

 

Favorite Tree: Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree (Prunus serrulata)

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

Mike Brungger

Tree Climber

Mike’s favorite part about working at Seattle Tree Care is seeing the many facets of the city as he cares for your trees, and increases your enjoyment of your yard. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, biking and sailing.

 

Favorite Tree: Apple Tree — Malus pumila

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)

Chase Burum

Stump Grinder 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, and looks forward to training as a tree climber. 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)

Aron Nolte

Tree Climber

As a Tree Climber and experienced Ground Crew Member, Aron loves working outdoors rain or shine, but prefers the sun… He has many years of experience working with trees in the forest and is excited to be working at a company that cares for trees in an urban setting. Aron enjoys most outdoor activities but especially hiking.

 

Favorite Tree: Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)

Nick Burley

Grounds Crew Member

Nick has worked in the tree care industry for over 3 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

Ground 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

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