“Josh and his crew are a courteous and caring group who do their jobs well.” -Josh Deng

Our focus is our team because our team is our reputation. Meet the people that make our team great!

Joshua Swift

Owner, Certified Arborist

Years in Tree Care: 10+
Trademarks: All Things Technical- Coordination, Climbing, Rigging

Favorite Job:  “My favorite job was removing a 30” Diameter Cherry tree that was growing through the porch and roof of a home at Claytor lake. The driveway was too steep to bring in a crane, so we engineered a rope system to lift pieces of the tree and move them horizontally 30 feet and then down to the third level of the porch.  The entire tree removal was done over the porch and house and we didn’t drop a single thing onto the property, everything was lowered with the ropes to a landing zone the size of a king mattress.  After I cut all of the tree that was above the porch, I went down into the basement to cut another 10’ of log which I am sure is still down there today.  We got to play at the lake for a few days; it was Extreme!”

Adam Hawthorne

Foreman, Climber

Years in Tree Care: 5
Trademarks: Technical Rigging, Complex Climbing Systems

Favorite Job:  “I climbed [to remove] an Elm that was growing in a cramped yard. It was growing over a fence, power line, and guest house. Everything had to come down on at least one rope, and often more. It was nice!”

Zebulun Baukhagen

Foreman, climber, lead rigger

Years in Tree Care: 1.5

Trademarks: Jobsite safety, adaptability and attention to detail.

Bio: Zebulun Baukhagen is an Arborist in Training who grew up in, and now lives in Blacksburg, VA with his girlfriend and bearded dragon. He was self-employed as a structured cabling technician for two years, and started learning aboriculture for a change in pace, discovering a new passion instead. His hobbies include rock climbing, hiking and reading. His favorite snack is Clif Bars.

Bonner Leonard

Climber, groundsman

Years in Tree Care: 2

Trademarks: Mechanical aptitude, uncanny intuition and unbridled enthusiasm.

Bio: Bonner Leonard is an Arborist in Training who lives in Radford, VA. He grew up in Metropolis, IL, and went to The Evergreen State College in Washington, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture. His hobbies include backpacking, kayaking and travelling. His favorite snack is smoked salmon.


John Matiuk


Years in Tree Care: <1

Trademarks: Thirst for education, plan execution and problem solving.

Bio: John Matiuk is an Arborist in Training from Lexington, VA. He obtained a master’s degree in Urban Forestry from Virginia Tech, and now lives in Blacksburg, VA with his dogs. His hobbies include watching hockey, disc golf and video games. His favorite snack is granola bars.

Jean-Francois Racinet


Years in Tree Care: 1

Trademarks: Safety, quality and efficiency. In that order.

Bio: Jean-Francois Racinet is an Arborist in Training who graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Physics, and now lives in Radford, VA with his cat. He is an active member of the Radford Rescue Squad. His hobbies include antique firearms, building Geiger counters, and floating down the New River. His favorite snack is Babybell Cheese.