Our Crew Foreman, Mr. Miguel Pastenes, wins the North American Tree Climbing Championship and he was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News. He is the first climber from Texas to become the North American Champion and the only climber to become a nine time Texas Tree Climbing Champion!
Staff and Company Related News and Articles
Our staff are often in the news due to our knowledge and experience with local trees or our volunteer efforts on behalf of many community service projects and nonprofit groups. In some cases, our staff are quoted as a company official and as an official with another community group of some type.
This section of our website is dedicated to company related news and the community outreach section covers our involvement in newsworthy events and topics throughout our community. One of our favorite projects is planting thousands of trees in Dallas area schools and parks with the Dallas Mavericks and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. We plant larger trees (three to four inch in diameter), make sure they are irrigated, and provide pro bono maintenance for three years to help ensure they will survive. A tree is planted for each three pointer scored and the program is called "Trees for Threes" or TF3 for short (see video`s below).
Some of the recent news and a few of our favorites are listed below. The rest are noted in the archive files below, and are listed by the area or region covered, the news outlet and the date of publication.
Our Staff In the News
The original site of our office was a steel building purchased in 1985. Due to our growth over the years, we built one of the most sustainable buildings in north Texas and it was completed in 2017. Our objective was to build a very "green" building and landscape that was VERY environmentally responsible, yet still attractive.
In 2008, President George Bush provided the US Presidents Call to Service Award and a formal letter to our owner, offering his congratulations on the award. He previously provided over 5,000 volunteer hours to the Texas Master Naturalist Program, North Texas Chapter. He has provided over 20,000 volunteer hours toward worthy causes and groups.
In early 2018, President Donald Trump provided a Lifetime Achievement Award and a formal letter to our owner, offering his congratulations on the award. The award was for providing over 4,000 volunteer hours to the Texas Master Gardener Program, Dallas County Chapter. Our owner has been a Certified Texas Master Gardener for over 20 years.
Company News Archives
Print and On Line Media -- Most recent to the oldest under each news organization.
• 2012 – December 19, Ms. Danielle Lee writes about PwC's being part of the Dallas Maverick's and Arborilogical Service's "Trees for Threes" on-going program.
• 2011 – October 15, Ms. Jamie Stengle writes about the drought and how trees were affected. The article ran in over 50 markets around the nation.
• 2010 - May 22, Mr. Troy Phillips writes about defending champion Mr. Miguel Pastenes competing for his fifth Texas Tree Climbing Championship.
• 2017 – December 1, The RoseanneWorld website blog for Roseanne Barr posts a link for the book Comanche Marker Trees of Texas.
Southern Living Magazine
• 2004 – October, Mr. Edwin Marty interviews Bill Seaman in an article entitled "Fall Color Along the Driveway."
• 2000 – November, Ms. Liz Druitt interviews Bill Seaman in an article entitled "Investing In Silver: These Silver Plants Require Little Maintenance to Add Their Coolness to a Texas Day and Their Magic to the Moonlight."
Total Landscape Care
• 2016 – January 5, Ms. Jill Odom writes about the Dallas Mavericks trees for threes tree planting program and how the idea spread to other NBA teams – “Trees for Threes Benefits From NBA's Hottest Stars.”
• 2017 – September, Comanche Marker Trees of Texas, a book written by our owner and published by Texas A&M University Press.
Tree Services Magazine
• 2009 – January 1, Mr. Patrick White writes about the award from President George Bush for 5,000 hours of volunteer service provided to Mr. Steve Houser – “Texas Arborist Honored for Dedication to Volunteerism.”
• 2011 – October 3, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about a new State Champion Willow found in Dallas. The article was originally printed in the Dallas Morning News.
In the Shade: Newsletter of the ISA Texas Chapter
• 2019 - February, Dr. Greg Church wrote an article featured in this statewide newsletter about the challenges American landscapes face in regards to long-term sustainability.
• 2018 – June, Mr. Jim Dossett writes about the 36th Annual Texas Tree Climbing Competition in Waxahachie. Mr. Miguel Pastenes took home the top honors, and also mentioned were Mr. Chris Brewer, Ms. Kirbie Houser, and Mr. Kevin Bassett for their amazing volunteer contributions to the success of the event.
• 2013 – July, Mr. Kevin Bassett writes about the 2013 Texas Tree Climbing Championship volunteers and Ms. Kirbie Houser being awarded the 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Medal.
• 2018 – July 23, Mr. Will Mattox writes about trees in the Casa Linda Plaza that may be removed in the future – “Developer and Neighbors Meet to Discuss Trees, but Their Fate is Unclear.”
The Commerce Journal
• 1994 – September 21, staff report in Commerce, Texas about pruning the state champion Bois d'Arc – “ Bois d'Arc Anthem.”
Culture Map Dallas
• 2016 – January 17, Ms. Teresa Gubbins writes about the dollar value of trees.
• 2010 – September, Mr. Harry Hunsicker writes about using laser sensing technology to survey Dallas trees and forests.
• 2005 – September, Mr. Bill Seaman writes about trees are blacklisted by experts, but for many of us, they inspire passionate discourse.
Dallas Morning News – Photos
• 2018 – May 2, Dallas Morning News ran a photo of Consulting Arborist, Mr. Steve Houser and his sister Ms. Christie Kennedy, in the metro section taken during EarthX 2018 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Houser often dresses as a tree for Earth Day as a way to educate others about the many benefits of trees and the need for proper care. The photo was taken by Mr. Rex Curry, Staff Photographer.
• “Photographs of the Year” for 2016/2017 included a photo of Crew Foreman Mr. Miguel Pastenas climbing a large tree for a previous Dallas Morning News article regarding his win to become the North American Tree Climbing Champion and his unprecedented win as a Nine time Texas Tree Climbing Champion. The photo was taken by Mr. Andy Jacobsohn.
Dallas Morning News Staff and Free Lance Writers
• 2016 – March 11, Ms. Nanette Light writes about Mr. Miguel Pastenes winning the North American Tree Climbing Championship in September and being an eight time State Champion tree climber. The article also mentions the second place State Champion, Mr. Vicente Pena, another company foreman – “At the Top of His Field – Texan to Compete for Tree Climber World Title.”
• 2015 – December 9, Mr. Michael E. Young writes about the fall color of trees – “Cold Nights, Warm Days Brighten Dallas’ Fall Foliage,”
• 2015 – March 4, Ms. Elizabeth Findell writes about Oncor tree-trimming – “Electric Company to Amp up Tree-Trimming in Dallas.”
• 2014 – May 10, Mr. Jeff Mosier and Ms. Christine Rosales write about the recent storm damage “Dallas – Area Trees Took a Beating in Powerful Storms.”
• 2013 – December 6, Mr. David Flick and Ms. Tristan Hallman write about the ice storm that occurred – “In Fridays Storm, the More Glorious the Foliage, the More Vulnerable the Tree.”
• 2013 – November 13, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about trees marked around White Rock lake, possibly for future removal – “Marked Trees Near White Rock a Whodunit.”
• 2013 – November 13, Mr. Thomas Korosec writes about tree values – “If a Trees Falls in the City, Does It Affect Home Value?”
• 2013 – March 8, Mr. Matt Peterson and Mr. Kian Hervy write about the Dallas Mavericks “Trees for Threes” project to plant a tree in Dallas schools or parks for every three pointer scored – “Volunteers Plant ‘Trees for Threes’ at Pleasant Grove School for Mavericks Sponsored Beautification Program.”
• 2012 – November 29, Ms. Katie Fairbank writes a follow up article to the one above and mentions that our company pruned two trees and fertilized one in need – “American Elm Gets Promised Pruning As Does Second Backyard Tree”.
• 2012 – November 2, Ms. Katie Fairbank writes about a disabled veteran on a limited budget in a dispute with a neighbor and Consulting Arborist, Mr. Steve Houser, offers pro bono help – “As Branches Dropped, Friction Rose.”
• 2012 – March 30, Mr. James Ragland writes about the recent drought and the article was published in other markets around the nation, such as the Portland Press Herald and the San Francisco Chronicle – “Last Year`s Drought, Record Heat Taking Toll on Texas Trees.”
• 2012 – March 23, Ms. Meghan Sikkel writes about the Dallas Mavericks Trees for Threes planting program – “Volunteers Plant Trees at Dallas School for Dallas Mavericks’ ‘Trees for Threes’ Initiative.”
• 2012 – January 25, Mr. Roy Appleton writes a follow up article on the school noting that Mr. Steve Houser provided a great solution to save most all the trees and the case was delayed – “City Council Postpones Vote on Rezoning Proposal for East Dallas School.”
• 2012 – January 24, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about public battle over a requested zoning change for a Dallas School (O. M. Roberts) that would affect 34 large trees – “City Council to Consider Contentious Zoning Request for East Dallas School.”
• 2011 – November 18, Ms. Sue Watkins writes about a State Champion Red Oak in a Garland cemetery that was lost (unfortunately) – “Large Oaks Demise Draws Grief From Local Officials.”
• 2011 – September 25, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about a Black Willow found on White Rock Lake which was measured and confirmed by Mr. Steve Houser – “Big Tree a Big Deal for Dallas Woman and State Registry.”
• 2011 – April 7, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about efforts to inventory the Dallas urban forest using a cutting edge technology. Our company donated over $14,000.00 and raised over $100,000 for the effort – “Researchers Delve into Details of Dallas Urban Forest.”
• 2011 – March 22, Mr. Roy Appleton writes about this year’s Dallas Mavericks tree planting which included a third partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The program was expanded to over 300 trees a year and was given a name by Mr. Steve Houser of Trees for Threes – “Tree Project Will Add New, Needed Growth to Oak Cliff's Lake Cliff Park.”
• 2010 – July 12, Mr. Michael E. Young writes a follow up to the article above about the lack of support for the Oncor agreement – “Lakewood Residents Aren't Signing on to Oncor's Tree-Trimming Contract.”
• 2010 – May 27, Mr. Michael E. Young writes about an experimental agreement by Oncor that allows property owners the option to prune their trees – “Oncor Pilot Programs Give Dallas Customers a Say in Tree Pruning.”
• 2010 – May 24, Mr. Andy Jacobson posted a film about the Texas Tree Climbing Competition in Fort Worth.
• 2010 – May 23, Mr. Jeff Mosier writes about the state tree climbing competition – “Contestants Swing Through the Trees in Texas Climbing Championship in Plano.”
• 2010 – May 20, Mr. Theodore Kim writes about the annual state tree climbing competition – “Bob Woodruff Park in Plano to Host the Texas Tree Climbing Competition.”
• 2010 – April 14, Mr. Avi Selk writes about the cleanup of historic Reverchon Park in Dallas. A video of the parks history was included as well as a link to an article on our company partnership with the Dallas Mavericks and our first tree planting effort in the park – “Reverchon is One of Dallas Most Successful Parks but It Wasn`t Always So.”
• 2010 – April 2, Ms. Abigail Thatcher Allen writes about the first partnership planting with Arborilogical Services® and the Dallas Mavericks in Reverchon Park (Dallas) – “Dallas Mavericks Pitch in to Plant Trees in Reverchon Park.”
• 2010 – January 6, Mr. Thomas Korosec writes about power line pruning – “Protect Your Trees from Power Company Pruning by Trimming Wisely.”
• 2009 – October 16, Ms. Jacquilynn Floyd writes about efforts to save a Palm tree – “Engineer Rooting for Survival of Palm Tree Growing in Arlington Construction Zone.”
• 2009 – August 4, Mr. Scott Farwell writes about our company being hired by the Forest Hills Association to care for their urban forest – “Forest Hills Plants Seeds of Preservation with Personal Arborist.”
• 2009 – July 10, Mr. Steve Harris writes about Forest Hills hiring our company for advice – “Forest Hills Has Its Own Arborist in Steve Houser.”
• 2009 – June 16, Ms. Jacquilynn Floyd writes about quakes in Cleburne and a battle over trees in Austin that may be removed from a public park possibly causing an “Arborilogical Armegedon” – “Let`s Not Be So Quick On the Cleburne Quakes.”
• 2009 – June 12, Mr. Joe Simnacher writes about the recent storms – “Hardware Store Hopping After Storms Pound Dallas Fort Worth."
• 2009 – April 19, Ms. Paige Phelps writes an article for “My Town” which includes questions/answers with Mr. Steve Houser about tree climbing.
• 2009 – January 8, Mr. Dave Leventhal writes about the first UFAC tree planting on Skillman – “Dallas to Become a Leaf-Peeping, Fall Foliage Capitol.”
• 2008 – November 17, Mr. Dan X. McGraw writes about the survey of Dallas trees using Lidar and hyperspectral images –“Dallas Committee Studying How Trees Grow Money.”
• 2008 – November 5, Mr. David Flick writes about fall color of trees and includes photos taken by Mr. Steve Houser – “Cold Snap Could Help Bring Color to Autumn Foliage.”
• 2008 – November 5, Ms. Jessie Milligan writes about fall color and includes a link to the video on how to plant with Mr. Steve Houser as well as the UFAC tree planting guide – “Plant These Trees for a Blaze of Fall Color.”
• 2008 – April 11, Mr. Jeffrey Weiss writes about a recent storm – “A Force to be Reckoned With.”
• 2008 – January 5, Mr. Jim Getz writes about a planned road in McKinney that may require many trees to be removed – “Planned McKinney Road Threatens Home, Trees.”
• 2007 – July 16, Mr. Allen Houston posted a film on the NeighborsGo website with Mr. Steve Houser teaching Dallas Morning News Editor, Mr. Sterling P. Robertson, how to climb a tree.
• 2007 – April 20, Ms. Connie Dufner writes about Earth Day and some of the earth-concious nonprofit organizations, government offices, gardening clubs and businesses who have booths you can visit at the event - “A Fun, Cheap Way to Celebrate Earth Day.”
• 2007 – January 17, a “staff report” discusses the cold spell and possible damage to trees – “Snow Possible as Cold Lingers.”
• 2006 – September 18, Mr. Allen Houston writes about the first tree inventory in Dallas, a project using laser sensing technology developed and partly funded by Mr. Steve Houser – “No Stone Unturned, No Tree Uncounted.”
• 2006 – August 27, Mr. Jake Batsell writes a follow up story on the Plano Bur Oak due to research showing it could be up to 500 years old – “Plano's Bur Oak Older Than Thought.”
• 2006 – August 25, Mr. Jake Batsell writes about an old Bur Oak in Plano that was previously recognized for being over 200 years old. The tree lost a 23 inch limb in a storm and Mr. Steve Houser recovered a slice of it (or a “tree cookie”) – “Loss of Branch May Be a Gain.”
• 2005 – June 27, Mr. Paul Meyer writes about Company Crew Foreman, Mr. Nicholas Martinez, being a four time state champion tree climber – “Climbing the Branches of Society.”
• 2005 – March 18, Mr. Paul Meyer writes about a neighborhood in McKinney that stopped the destruction of two State Champion Chinquapin Oaks and turned the area into a park – “Two Oaks Survive Big Threat.”
• 2002 – October 1, Letters to the Editor featured a letter written by Mr. Bill Seaman. Mr. Seaman was given the "Golden Pen" award by Dallas Morning News for the clarity and writing style of his letter.
• 2002 – June 19, Plano Morning News (a Dallas Morning News community paper) writes about our company providing pro bono services to install a lightning protection system in Plano's Bicentennial Bur Oak. Crew Foreman, Mr. Nicholas Martinez is quoted – “Bicentennial Tree Fitted with Lightning Protection.”
• 2002 – January 20, Mr. Mike Peters writes a “High Profile” article on Mr. Steve Houser – “Besides Being a Respected Arborist, He May Be the Best Friend a Threatened Tree Ever Had”.
• 2001 – December 8, a “staff report” notes that Mr. Steve Houser won an award from the International Society of Arboriculture, Texas Chapter for the Outstanding Professional Arborist of the Year and company Consulting Arborist, Mr. Larry Schaapveld was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
• 2000 – March 30, Mr. Jay Webb writes about Mr. Bill Seaman's expert opinion on the value in Texas' understory plants in the Plano Morning News section.
• 2000 – January 30, Mr. Steve Quinn writes about the recent cold weather – “Vegetation Stands up to Icy Freeze – Plants Suffer Minimal Damage, Experts Say.”
• 1996 – June 4, Mr. Rufus Coleman writes about the recent storm damage – “Taking a Few Boughs – Crews Scramble to Trim Trees After Recent Storms.” .
• 1990 – July 17, Mr. Dan Shine writes about our Foreman, Rosa Ruiz, winning the Texas Tree Climbing Competition –“Tree Climbing Champion Scales to Great Heights in Texas Contest.”
Dallas Morning News - Home and Garden Section
• 2018 – March 21, Ms. Karel Holloway writes about Bradford Pears, Dr, Greg Church is also quoted in the article – “Where Did All Those Nasty Bradford Pear Trees Come From and Why Are They So Popular.”
• 2018 – May 20, Ms. Karel Holloway writes about Arborilogical Services® new office. Ms. RuthAnn Jackson is also quoted in the article – “Wylie Tree Expert Built the Greenest Office Building He Could as His 'Moral Manifesto`.”
• 2016 – October 20, Ms. Karel Holloway writes about the recent loss of Oaks – “Texas Seeing Widespread, Sudden Death of Post Oaks.”
• 2015 – September 9, Ms. Karel Holloway writes about tree planting – “Fall and Winter are Best Times to Plant Trees.”
• 2015 – July 8, Ms. Mariana Greene writes about the renovation of Reverchon Park in Dallas and its Iris Bowl – “Reverchon Park`s Iris Bowl is Back in Business.”
• 2015 – March 5, Ms. Karel Holloway writes about backyard orchards – “For a Fruitful Back Yard.”
• 2014 – January 13, Ms. Meredith Shamburger writes about an upcoming training on tree care by Mr. Steve Houser – “Keep Coppell Beautiful Offers Tree Care Classes.”
• 2010 – April 28, Todd W. Davis writes about Oak Wilt – “Oak Wilt Threatens Trees in North Texas.”
• 2008 – May 16, Ms. Mariana Greene writes about the new Citizen Foresters, a program established by Urban Forester, Mr. Walter Passmore and Consulting Arborist, Mr. Steve Houser – “Dallas Urban Forestry Program Taking Applications.”
• 2008 – May 2, Mr. Rick Rosen writes about preventing storm damage with proper maintenance – “Tackle Tree Problems Before Storms Hit.”
• 2007 – November 2, Mr. Rick Rosen writes about the basics of tree planting. The article includes a link to a video with Steve Houser teaching the subject and a link to the UFAC planting guide – “How and When to Plant Trees.”
• 2001 – November 2, Ms. Jeannette Keton writes about proper pruning and the necessary equipment – “Cut the Confusion: Know What It Takes to Prune Your Trees Properly.”
• 2001 – October 26, Ms. Rebecca Perry writes about the bumper crop of acorns – “Oaks Nutty Because of Stress.”
• 2000 – April 28, Ms. Julie Vargo writes about trees, soils and foundations – “Whether the Ground is Sun-Scorched or Rain Drenched, Your House is Vulnerable.”
• 1998 – October 2, Ms. Elizabeth Simnacher writes about the deadly Oak Wilt disease in our area – “Deadly Fungal Disease Continues to Plague Oaks.”
• 1998 – July 10, Ms. Julie Vargo writes about selecting the right tree and planting in the proper location – “There`s a Season for Every Plant.”
Dallas Morning News – Garden Calendar (upcoming events posted)
• 2012 – October 11, Mr. Steve Houser presents the topic of Indian marker trees for the Texas Historic Tree Coalition.
• 2012 – July 11, Mr. Steve Houser presents the topic of Indian marker trees for the First Men`s Garden Club.
• 2010 – May 21 and 22, Our company worked to promote the state tree climbing competition in Plano, when Consulting Arborist, Mr. Kevin Bassett was the Chairperson for the event – “Tree Climbers Go for Top Title in Tree Event” and “Tree Climber Headed Up.”
• 2010 – May 6, Mr. Steve Houser presents how to save a tree at the Trinity River Audubon Center.
• 2010 – February 25, Mr. Steve Houser presents a clinic on pruning with a hands-on demo at the Trinity River Audubon Center.
• 2007 – August 17, Mr. Steve Houser presents “All About Trees” to the Dallas County Master Gardeners
• 2002 – January 25, Mr. Steve Houser presents tree pruning and maintenance at the Dallas Arboretum.
• 2001 – December 28, Mr. Steve Houser speaks on “How to Tame Your Tree”.
• 1999 – January 29, Mr. Steve Houser presents a workshop on safe tree climbing techniques during an annual statewide urban forestry workshop.
• 2009 – March 18, Ms. Alexa Schirtzinger writes about a forested area clear-cut for development, but three years later the land sits barren ironically at the corner of Preservation Lane and Nature's Way – “Dallas Wants to be a Green City, Why Not Save Some Trees?”
• 2008 – October 15, Mr. Robert Wilonsky writes about the USA President award for volunteer service awarded to Mr. Steve Houser – “The Giving Tree – Dallas Urban Forest Chair Gets Bush Volunteer Award.”
Dallas Sports Fanatic
• 2019 – March 29, Mr. Michael Lark reported on the Mav's ninth season of the Trees for Threes community initiative. As a three-way partnership between the Mav's, Arborilogical Services and PwC have planted more than 3,000 trees at local DISD schools over the past nine years.
Denton Record Chronicle
• 1995 – June 1, Letter to the editor by Mr. Steve Houser published regarding a tree killed by a home builder.
• 2011 – October 20, Ms. Windi Veigel writes about droughts effect on trees – “Drought Leaves Trees with Big Thirst.”
Fort Worth Insight
• 2011 – November 8, a staff report based on CBS news coverage mentions the loss of a historic and champion Red Oak in Garland Cemetery – “Historic Oak Tree in Garland Cut Down.”
Fort Worth Star Telegram
• 2016 – June 30, Mr. Neil Sperry writes about how to hire an arborist – “Trust Certified Arborists to Ensure the Healthiest of Your Trees.”
• 2012 – March 22, Mr. Neil Sperry writes about how to care for your trees – “The Garden Guru: an Expert Advises on How to Treat Trees.”
• 2004 – April 25, Ms. Toni Heinzel interviews Mr. Nicolas Martinez, a three-time state champion and writes about the state tree climbing competition in Fort Worth – “Arborists Take a Bough.”
Friends of Reverchon Park
• 2019 – March 4, Friends of Reverchon Park reported on the highlights of the 2019 Reverchon Cleanup and shared pictures of the event.
Garland Landmark Society News
• 2012 – January, February, March, staff report regarding the loss of the historic and champion Red Oak in Garland Cemetery – “Farewell, Good Cemetery Oak.”
The Garland News
• 2002 – December 17, Mr. Michael Hayslip writes about the recognition of two champion trees, a Red Oak and an Incense Cedar – “The Test of Time – Forest Service Honors Two Garland Trees as ‘Champions.’ “
The Gilmer Mirror
• 2015 – October 30, staff report about our Crew Foreman, Miguel Pastenes, winning the North American Tree Climbing Championship – “Dallas Tree Climber Proves He is the Best in North America.”
GreenSource Dallas/Fort Worth
• 2019 – April 3, Mr. Marshall Hinsley writes about a first-of-its-kind proposal being mulled over at Dallas City Hall that may prove to be a revolutionary way to protect urban forests throughout America.
• 2018 – March 17, Mr. Marshall Hinsley writes about our company`s new office construction which may be the greenest office in North Texas, but not ugly!! – “Dallas Tree Service Company Digging New Green Headquarters.”
• 2016 – December 20, Ms. Rita Cook writes about the Dallas Mavericks partnership with our company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Dallas Independent School District, and Dallas Parks and Recreation Department to plant and maintain trees on public property – “Every Mavericks Three Pointer Plants Another Tree in Dallas.”
Katy Trail Weekly
• 2019 – March 1, Ms. Karen Fleig writes about the many benefits of trees and why "Trees Are The Answer."
• 2010 – June, Ms. Katherine Ponder writes about large and old trees in Collin County – “Majestic Giants of Collin County.”
Park Cities People By People Newspapers
• 2008 – August 15, Mr. Austin Kilgore writes about Oak Wilt – “Arborists Wage War on Oak Wilt – Homeowners Urged to Take Steps to Protect Oak Population in Danger of Migrating Disease.”
• 2011 – October 20, Ms. Wyndi Veigel writes about drought – “Drought Leaves Trees with Big Thirst.”
Star Local News
• 2012 – May 4, Ms. Kelley Chambers writes about a section of an old tree removed for construction which was ring dated as part of a Boy Scout project – “Branching Through Time: ‘Cookie’ Tree Reflects Plano History.”
Tyler Morning Telegraph
• 2011 – October 13, staff report on the current drought conditions – “Texas Drought – Welcome Rain.”
White Rock Weekly
• 2002 – January 17, Notification under “things to do, places to go” regarding an upcoming presentation at the Dallas Arboretum by Steve Houser – “Out On a Limb – How to Tame Your Trees.”
Wind Break Quarterly (Commerce)
• 1994 – September 16, staff report about the state champion Bois d’Arc in Commerce Texas being pruned pro bono (or free of charge) by Mr. Steve Houser. The tree is named “Max.” – “Max – Tall Dark and Handsome.”
The Wylie News
• 2016 – February 10, Mr. Joe Reavis writes about Crew Foreman Mr. Miguel Pastenes and Crew Foreman Mr. Vicente Pena winning the Texas Tree Climbing Competition in 2015 and Mr. Pastenas winning the North American Tree Climbing Competition to become the North American Champion – “Climbing Their Way to the Top.”
• 2012 – August 29, Ms. Judy Truesdell writes about Crew foreman Mr. Miguel Pastenes current win in the Texas Tree Climbing Competition to become the state champion – “Arborist Climbs to New Heights, Represents Texas Internationally.”
• 2010 – May 21, Staff reports about the upcoming state tree climbing competition and our past champion tree climbers – “Area Climbers Slated to Compete in Plano This Weekend.”
• 2009 – August 5, Ms. Judy Truesdell writes about Crew Foreman Mr. Miguel Pastenes winning the Texas Tree Climbing Competition (again!) – “Local Arborist Comes Out on Top.”
• 2008 – July 25, Ms. Judy Truesdell Mecca writes about the Texas Tree Climbing Competition, our champion tree climbers representing the state around the world – “Arborist Reaches Heights in Tree Climbing Competition – Local Firm has Held the Title for Sixteen Years.”
• 1995 - February 1, The Wylie News featured an article about Mr. Kevin Bassett receiving the "Arborist of the Year" award - "Area Arborist Receives Prestigious 'Arborist of the Year' Award."
• 1990 – December 26, staff report regarding the establishment and growth of our company in Wylie – “Tree Service Provides Quality Care in Wylie.”
Company News Archives
Mr. Steve Houser was interviewed for all of the following stories unless noted otherwise.
Channel 8, WFAA
• 2017 – February 23, Ms. Melissa Jones covers an interview with Crew Foreman Mr. Miguel Pastenes regarding his winning the North American Tree Climbing Competition and the state competition eight different years – “A Glimpse into the World of Competitive Tree Climbing.” The coverage also ran on Channel 3 in south Texas. Information is posted on line.
• 2017 – June 27, Mr. David Goins covers the trees topped on Forest Lane and clear cutting trees in southern Dallas.
• 2016 – April 13, Ms. Paige Smith with the Good Morning Texas show interviews our Production Manager and four time State Champion Climber, Mr. Nicholas Martinez and Mr. Steve Houser regarding competition tree climbing – “Going to New Heights by Climbing Trees.”
• 2015 – February 16, Ms. Ashton Alteri explains how past droughts and ice storms are affecting trees.
• 2013 – January 25, Mr. David Schechter discusses the subject of Indian marker trees in Texas and beyond – “Bent Trees in North Texas Lead the Way Back in Time.” Information is posted on line.
• 2009 – June 11, Mr. Brad Watson covers the recommended changes to the Dallas tree and landscape ordinance.
• 2008 – June 16, Mr. David Schechter covers the Urban Heat Island effect in Dallas and shows that temperatures on the concrete road can be over 130 degrees. It also covers the cutting edge tree inventory research project, and Professor Fang Qiu with UTD who provided the technical knowledge for the project.
• 2008 – October 9, Mr. David Schechter covers the US Presidents award for 5,000 hours of volunteer service and the Master Naturalist program. Information is posted on line.
• 2008 – August 23, Mr. David Schechter covers the establishment of the Dallas citizen forester program, developed by Dallas Urban Forester, Mr. Walter Passmore and Mr. Steve Houser.
• 2008 – October 9, Mr. David Schechter covers the US Presidents award for 5,000 hours of volunteer service and the Master Naturalist program. Information is posted on line.
Channel 11, CBS
• 2011 – April 22, Mr. Jay Gormley covers the cutting edge tree inventory research project by Professor Fang Qiu. Information is posted on line.
• 2011 – November 8, Mr. Jay Gormley covers the loss of the historic and champion Red Oak in Garland Cemetery. Information is posted on line.
• 2010 – May 21, coverage regarding the state tree climbing competition in Fort Worth.
Channel 4, Fox
• 2017 – June 12, Ms. Laurie Brown reports about almost 100 trees being “topped” on Forest Lane, most of them being Oaks. Information is posted on line.
• 2007 – October 16, staff cover an EPA environmental treasure hunt for children and adults. Participants visit various stations to learn about environmental issues of importance. Staff members Mrs. Sara Beckelman and Mr. Steve Houser volunteered to present the benefits of trees at one station.
• 2010 – August 6, Mr. B. J. Austin reports on 4,000 trees which were saved along the Trinity River levee system. The trees were threatened with removal due to the misperception that they were compromising the levee system. Mr. Steve Houser provided an education and proved that the roots of trees near the levee stay near the surface of the soil and do not grow under the levee, which could compromise their integrity. Information is posted on line.
Channel 6, KAUZ
• 2018 – March 16, Mr. Jesse Canales reports about a Comanche Marker Tree dedication ceremony – “Historical Marker Honors Native American Legacy.” Information is posted on line.
• 2013 – January 25, staff posted an article and video on the subject of Indian marker trees by Mr. David Schechter (WFAA) – “Bent Trees in North Texas Lead the Way Back in Time.” Information is posted on line.
Channel 5, NBC
• 2018 – May 16, Mr. Ken Kalthoff reports on recommended changes to the Dallas tree and landscape ordinance as well as the park land dedication ordinance – “Years of Debate to Boost Dallas Trees and Parks Advances at CityHall.” Information is posted on line.
• 2017 – June 2, Mr. Ken Kalthoff reports on the 75 Oak trees which were “topped” on Forest Lane – “Expert Says ‘Irreparable Harm’ Done to 75 Live Oak Trees – City Arborist Assessing Damage.” Information is posted on line.
• 2017 – July 17, Mr. Kevin Cokely covers state legislation which attempted to remove city`s ability to regulate trees on private property. (We were unable to locate this coverage on NBC's website in their media archive. If you happen to run across the video of this news coverage, please send us a link. We would greatly appreciate it.)
• 2016 – November 30, Ms. Jocelyn Lockwood covers the fall color of trees. Information is posted on line.
• 2012 – April 21, Ms. Amanda Fitzpatrick covers Earth Day – “Earth Day Dallas 2012 Kicks Off – NBC 5 Helps DFW ‘Go Green.’” Information is posted on line.
• 2011 – May 10, Mr. Bruce Felps covers the state tree climbing competition coming up in Fort Worth – “Arborists to Compete in Tree Climbing Championships – State Round to Determine International Qualifiers.” Information is posted on line.
• 2011 – November 23, Ms. Tammy Mutasa reports on the loss of the historic Garland Red Oak – “Historic Garland Red Oak Reduced to Stump.” Information is posted on line.
A&E (Arts and Entertainment) – Storage Wars
• 2012 – December 18, In a segment of “Storage Wars” some old tree climbing equipment was found and our Production Manager, Mr. Nicholas Martinez, was interviewed to discuss the use of the equipment and its value.
• 2010 May 22, Mr. Troy Phillips reports on the Texas Tree Climbing Championship in Plano – “Learning to Climb is an Art Form.” Information is posted on line.