Biography

A consulting arborist who has served West Michigan for the past 35 years. His tree care clients include Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, and the State of Michigan, as well as several residential and commercial clients.

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts – Liberal Arts Degree
Michigan Technological University

 

Employment History

West Michigan Tree Service – Consulting Arborist (1988 to Present)
Chemlawn Services – Tree & Shrub Care Specialist (1982 to 1988)
Franks Nursery & Crafts – Store Manager (1974 to1981)

 

Professional & Personal Affiliations

  • Past Chairman of the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
  • Member, American Society of Consulting Arborists (one of only eight members in Michigan)
  • Certified Arborist
  • Founding West Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, Board of Director
  • Past Michigan Forestry and Parks Association, Education Committee Member
  • Member, International Society of Arborists
  • Former West Michigan Representative to the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Former Vice-President of the Michigan Arboricultural Society
  • Member of Michigan Nature Association
  • Member of the Isle Royale and Keweenaw National Parks Association
  • Member of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

 

Professional Activities

  • Tree Care Consultant to: Grand Valley State University, West Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, City of Holland, City of Grand Rapids, City of Kentwood, City of Walker, Point O Woods Country Club, Saginaw Country Club, The Moors Golf Club, the Michigan Nursery & Landscaping Association, Several Property Management Companies and West Michigan commercial and  Herman Miller Inc., J.W. Marriott Hotel.
  • Tree Preservation Consultant to: West Michigan Home Builders Association, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Children’s Tree Planting Program for the Kent County Intermediary School District, City of Grand Rapids Environmental Council, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and several residential and commercial customers
  • Land Development Consultant to: Rockford Construction Company, Independent Properties Associates, Crystal Bay Woods, Kent County Parks.
  • Tree Care Diagnostic Services
  • Tree Valuation and Appraisal services for the City of Grand Rapids, City of Kentwood, Kent County Road Commission, Grand Valley State University, and several area insurance companies and commercial and residential clients.
  • Provided Tree Management Plans for the City of Holland Downtown District, Point O Woods Country Club, Grand Valley State University Emerald Ash Borer Program, Grand Rapids Riverside Park, the City of Grand Rapids and several commercial and residential clients.
  • Expert Witness & Court Testimony

 

Publications / Presentations

  • Author of Northern Michigan’s best-selling “Naked in the Stream, Isle Royale Stories” – published by Arbutus Press.
  • Several magazine articles pertaining to the care of trees for the Michigan Landscape Magazine, trade magazine for the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association. Several articles for the Landsculptor, the trade magazine for the Michigan Green Industry Association, a series of tree preservation articles for “Grand Rapids Home Cosmopolitan Magazine” and for the Architect and Builders Magazine of West Michigan.
  • Cover story for Arbor Age Magazine, Enhancing Soil Health, Case Studies in Biostimulants, a national monthly magazine for tree care professionals. Published “From the Field” an article for the Tree Care Industry Magazine, a national monthly magazine for tree care professionals.
  • Interviewed for Tree Industry Magazine for an article on Tree Risk Assessments.
  • Tree Care Seminars for: The West Michigan Home Builder’s Association, West Michigan Landscape & Nursery Associations, The Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, the Frederick Meijer Gardens, several county extension workshops and master gardener programs and several Building, Development, and Architectural Firms
  • Helped design the Integrated Pest Management seminar curriculum for the Michigan Forestry & Parks Association
  • One of five authors giving an example of report writing for the American Society of Consulting Arborists, in Example Reports for Consulting Arborists.
  • Author of “Birds of Isle Royale” an article for the Jack Pine Warbler, the Michigan Chapter of the Audubon Magazine.
  • Author of “Wolves of Isle Royale” an article for Silent Sports Magazine.
  • “Isle Royale: A Must See National Park” class instructor for Aquinas College
  • Several TV, radio and newspaper interviews