Tree Farm Supervisor & Urban Forestry Coordinator
Chris is a tree person through and through. After moving to Texas from Michigan in the late summer of 2020, he was lucky enough to be offered a job with the Texas Trees Foundation, which he eagerly accepted. He now serves as an urban forestry coordinator and the tree farm supervisor of the TXU Urban Tree Farm and Education Center.
Chris lived in Michigan for his entire life before moving to Texas. Spending his childhood romping through the forests of Michigan with his forester father, conservationist mother and flower-picking sister, he swore he would never become a forester when he grew up. After studying anthropology and history in college before a short stint as a newspaper reporter and editor, Chris rediscovered his love of trees. Returning to school, he obtained a BS in forestry from Michigan State University in 2018.
In his first forestry position after college, Chris worked as the invasive species technician and district forester for the Shiawassee Conservation District in Shiawassee County, Michigan. There he learned how to effectively communicate technical forestry and ecological knowledge with a variety of people while sharing his love of trees and protecting the environment. He also obtained a keen eye for identifying invasive species, which - as it turns out - seem to be nearly everywhere.
In his spare time, Chris loves hiking, playing video games with his husband, Patrick, and reading lots of books.
Chris is a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and both oak wilt and tree risk assessment qualified (TRAQ). He is thrilled to help further the mission of the Texas Trees Foundation and spread his love of trees to others.