Steve Houser

Professional Biography

  • Currently the owner and President of Arborilogical Services, Inc. (in business for over 25-years and has now expanded to Fort Worth).
  • Certified Arborist with International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Master Gardner with Texas Agriculture Extension Service
  • Master Naturalist with a group that includes Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Society for Ecological Restoration, The Native Conservancy and others.
  • Founding member and Past-President of Dallas Historic Tree Coalition (DHTC).
  • Winner of a National Arbor Day Foundation Project Award “1996”.
  • Recognized by the Dallas Park Department and Scottish Rite Hospital for outstanding efforts to clean Reverchon Park.
  • Recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture’s Texas Chapter (1998), by granting the only “Tree Preservation Award”, to date, that the organization has awarded.
  • Winner of the 2000 “Texas Community Forestry Award of Merit” by the Texas Forest Service, Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council, and the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter (ISAT).
  • Winner of the 2001 award for “Outstanding Professional” by the Texas Urban Forestry Council, Texas Forest Service, and the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter.
  • Winner of the 2001 “Award of Merit” from the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter that reads, “In appreciation for his continuing commitment and inestimable contribution to the Texas Tree Climbing Championships”.
  • Due to the past support and sponsorship of the Texas Tree Climbing Competitions (put on by the ISAT), all Texas tree climbers are now competing for the ISAT’s “Steve Houser Award of Excellence” or the “Houser Cup”, a handsome trophy cup that is presented to the State Champion upon winning the State Championship.  This is the only time that the ISAT has recognized anyone in this manner.
  • Worked with other Tree Companies to provide pro-bono care for trees in Dealy Plaza (downtown Dallas).
  • Known to be involved in more worthy volunteer efforts than what could be listed.

Personal Biography

  • Born at Baylor Hospital, Dallas TX.
  • Lived in Mesquite and road a bus to Zion Lutheran Church school (on Lovers Lane in Dallas) for kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Moved to Richardson and attended public schools for sixth grade through high school.
  • Attended Mountain View College in association with Braniff Airlines and earned an associate degree in Applied Arts.
  • Holds licenses with the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) for airframe and power plant mechanic.
  • Was told on the first day of mechanic training that “only four people have ever attended the school who correctly answered 100% of the F.A.A. mechanics, written exam.” Became the 5th person to ace the F.A.A. written exam and was on the Deans honor roll for every semester of college.
  • Went to college during weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. then at Brookhaven Country Club (maintaining trees) until late afternoon. Went to Pilot Ground School at night (two nights a week) and flew on the weekends (plus side tree work).  Passed the F.A.A.’s written pilot exam and only lacked 3-hours of night time flying to receive a pilots license when medical condition arose that prevented the granting of a license.

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Read the earlier  Dallas Morning News Lifestyles full-page article:  High Profile – Steve Houser