Steve Batchelder 
Consulting Arborist 
WC ISA Certified Arborist #228 
CaUFC Certified Urban Forester #134 
California Contractor License (C-27) #533675 
Member of the Arbor Day Foundation 
Member of the California Native Plant Society  

Steve began his journey in horticulture growing up in the Watsonville area and working in the lettuce fields as a teenager.  After graduating from UC Berkeley as an Economics major in 1967, he went on to experience a number of educational and provoking jobs, including merchant seaman, private school teacher, construction, and nursery work at Suter Seedling Tree Nursery in St. Helena, Ca.  Steve was head mechanic at Trefethen Vineyards in Napa and later supervised the mechanical harvesting operation for Domain Chandon in Yountville.  In 1980, Steve started a tree trimming and landscape company, Tree Care.  He received his California State Landscaping Contractor License and was certified as arborist #228 by the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (WC ISA) in 1985.  Steve sold his tree trimming service in 1990 and transitioned to consulting full time.
Today, Steve is highly respected for his wealth of experience in trees and all aspects of arboriculture.  He has the background and knowledge required to investigate, analyze, and offer sound advice for most tree related matters.  Steve has been involved in numerous projects around the bay area and California and presently consults for a number of cities.  Among some of Steve's special expertise are root related hardscape problems and the use of structural soil.
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Molly Batchelder
Consulting Arborist
WE ISA Certified Arborist #9613A
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified 

Molly graduated from Indiana University in 1998 with a BA in Religious Studies.  After traveling and living in far away places, she returned home at the beginning of 2009 to join her father in the business of trees.  Her passions involve planting trees correctly, social justice movements, Archetypal Astrology, and escaping to the wilderness as often as she can.
You can contact Molly at
Roots can bear very, very heavy loads.  A root that is 4 cm in diameter is strong enough to lift two elephants!  Believe it or not!  That's why you must neither injure nor cut the root of a tree.  And that's why you shouldn't dig ditches, holes or tunnels near trees.
- Claus Mattheck from Stupsi introduces the Tree: A children's book for adults