Women in Tree Care

Krista Strating: Women’s Climbing Champion Says Anyone Can Do This

Krista Strating wears many hard hats. She works full time, year-round, as an arborist for the City of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto. Strating also works part time as lead instructor for the Humber College Arborist Apprenticeship program. And she serves as an ambassador for Husqvarna and Notch Equipment. Finally, she currently holds the […]

Like Mother, Like … Son? Son of a Climber, Marshall Badeaux Focuses on Growth and Professionalism

Marshall Badeaux grew up in the tree care industry, the son of a company owner. What makes his story different than most legacy stories is that the company owner and primary tree climber was his mother, Betsy. “She started climbing in the early ’80s, when I was an infant,” Badeaux recalls. “My dad had passed […]

Being Woman Owned Benefits Kappen Tree Service

Crystal Kappen and her husband, Warren, each were running separate businesses before they started their tree care company, Kappen Tree Service LLC, based in Cass City, Michigan. “I had a cloth-diaper business, and Warren was operating an egg business,” she says. At the same time, she notes, Warren and his brother Jason, who was in […]

Arborists in Mind and Body

After proposing to write an article on this topic, I found I felt unqualified to write about women in tree care. That feeling of inability is not uncomfortable for me; I’ve made a career by abandoning comfort to gain experience. As any veteran arborist can attest, expertise is earned, but the most successful know that […]

Independent Tree Helps Keep Suffrage Alive

The Women’s Suffrage Movement was a decades-long fight to win the right to vote for women in the United States. The effort finally succeeded with passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1919. A group of Ohio women from the South Newbury Woman’s Suffrage and Political Club took part in […]

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