TreeInspection.com is an independent company. That means we work for no one but ourselves and our customers. We are not interested in condemning a tree so we can make extra money by taking it down. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our preference is to help you save your tree whenever it is healthy enough to remain standing. This is why you can be sure of getting an honest, unbiased opinion about your tree. Read below about our tree-loving staff.
PETER JENKINS (right), better known as “Treeman,” is one of Atlanta's earliest arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). He is also Tree Risk Assessment Qualified by the ISA. Jenkins is proud to call himself a "tree hugger." Tree climbing and tree care have been his life's passion. He is self-educated in the art and science of tree work, and takes pride in his extensive library of books about trees, forests, and anything else having to do with the outdoors.
Jenkins pruned and removed trees in Atlanta for over 25 years as an arborist with his own company, Treeman, Inc. before he stopped climbing for a living. He can point to many a large tree around town and talk about trimming its branches or refusing to remove it because it was in good condition. Jenkins was the first owner of a Resistograph® in Atlanta because he wanted measurable data to determine whether a tree needed to be taken down. His experience doing tree work and the first-hand knowledge he gained about trees during those years serve him well when he inspects a tree.
Jenkins is a founding and active member of the Georgia Arborist Association (GAA). He has served it in many roles, including twice as its President. He is frequently an instructor at GAA workshops.
Jenkins “invented” the sport of recreational tree climbing. In 1983 he started Tree Climbers International, the world's first organization and school for recreational tree climbers. He has taught people all over the world how to climb trees safely with a rope and saddle for fun and adventure. For the past few years, he has also been teaching safe climbing practices to entry-level tree workers.
NEIL NORTON (left in photo) is an ISA-Certified Arborist since 2002 and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified as well. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Tulane University. Neil brings his background in technology to take us into the 21st century with our cutting-edge arboriculture software.
Neil is passionate and active around issues of tree conservation and education, both locally and nationally. He is the Executive Director of the Georgia Arborist Association, and works with other non-profit organizations including the Georgia Tree Council (formerly the Georgia Urban Forest Council) and Trees Atlanta. Neil is also the webmaster and administrator for American Grove, a national online community funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Here he shares his knowledge about trees to encourage others to create thriving community forests. Neil has also been a central figure in writing the Decatur Tree Ordinance, and has consulted with other cities about tree ordinances.
Neil loves to explore local forests with his family. He founded the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve, a 2-acre greenspace in Decatur, Georgia, and can be seen with his children on many a bike path around town. Neil also loves inspecting trees, and thoroughly enjoys his encounters with clients and their trees in all the hidden neighborhoods of Atlanta.
PATTY JENKINS is TreeInspection.com's manager. Though she is a lifelong nature lover, Patty learned most of what she knows about trees from Peter, her husband, and is often able to advise our customers when Peter and Neil aren't available.
Before starting to run TreeInspection.com and Tree Climbers International, Patty had a long administrative career in Detroit and at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Now her office is a room with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, where she can watch birds from her desk. Patty and Peter's yard is a certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Don't be surprised if she tells you about a special bird she sees while she's talking with you!