Michael Richardson, ISA Certified Master Arborist, is the heart, hands and soul of Skywalker Tree Care, has been working as an arborist for more than 30 years. He arrived in North Idaho in 1983 and has called this area home ever since.
We are a family owned and operated business!!! Shawn Richardson, Michael’s son, rejoined the business in 2015 bringing 10 years of experience as climber and groundsman. Sarah Jimenez, Michael’s daughter, rejoined the business in 2016, bringing 4 years of experience as a groundperson. Austin Kemmis, Michael’s grandson and Sarah’s son, has joined the workforce as a summer groundsman during his break from school. Matt Bennett joined our business in 2014, beginning as a groundperson. Michael trained Matt from the ground up and Matt is now a skilled climber and groundperson.
In 2012, Michael earned the very highest professional certification offered by the International Society of Arboriculture by successfully completing the Board Certified Master Arborist examination. Only 2% of ISA Certified Arborists advance to this level. Also, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. Michael has made it his life’s work to understand trees from root to topmost twig, from seedling to full maturity. His techniques have evolved through long experience. By observing the long term effects of earlier tree work, he has gained uncommon skill and wisdom in the field of tree care.
If you have lived in Bonner or Boundary Counties for a while, you may remember his previous business, “Richardson Tree Care.” It was known for its high-quality, honest service. Michael sold this equipment several years ago hoping to slow down a little. In 2011, he launched a slimmed down version of his business, Skywalker Tree Care. Same high-quality work and same honesty (he will never recommend work you don’t need.)