During middle school I lost my father and shortly thereafter began my work in the local tree care industry. I finished high school in Michigan, accomplished a business management degree in California, and searched for myself working in the urban canopy of Berlin after the 'fall of the Wall’. I finally found my calling at a small college in England studying Landscape construction and Arboriculture specifically and earned my degrees there. I returned to the U.S. in 1998 and started C & A Arborists Inc. beginning my current treephilosophy. Since then I have met my wife Jennifer and she has brought me the 3 key ingredients to the further fulfillment of my life; My kids are Finn age 7, Lieve age 5 and Rafe age 3. Over the course of their growth my education in tree care followed 2 tour des trees, regular visits to the Tree Care Industry Association and International Society of Arboricultural annual conferences. I returned back to Germany with my wife and kids in 2009 and worked in the urban forest of Berlin while studying the relationships between alternative energy and government subsidizing.
Nowadayz, I love to take care of the mature oaks, tulips, cottonwoods and other major species in the vicinity of my home on the dunes of South West Michigan. My tree philosophy starts with an obilgation to the trees as a long surviving organism. My interest to preserve them geared me toward becoming a structural tree assessment specialist. This aspect of tree care is very young and very dynamic. It is changing rapidly and being at the cutting edge of these changes gives me direction and incentive to educate myself.
My drive these days are the three young kids from whom I am borrowing this earth. Leaving a legacy is my biggest challange and my tree philosophy strives to do just that.
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