15 Aug 2019

Craned up and trained up

Cranes make the tree work go 'round. More and more of our crews are boosting into the ridiculousness of crane work! This month, from our Sacramento tree service division, Hugo, Matt, and Kevin (who is being trained up by Devin) had some major takedowns with cranes. Sure, we have our superstar crane riggers like Rob, Danny, and Chad. Who we throw at the most technical and hazardous jobs, but more of our crews, in more of our areas, are getting craned up and gaining valuable experience in the art of crane removals. From a climber's point of view, there are 3 things that are critical to flawless execution: The ability...

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06 Aug 2019

Tid Bits from our Chaplain

We'd like to take our headline feature to highlight a very special person at A Plus. If you haven't met Paul Tibbets, I'm sure you've heard about him. He's the father of our late founder, Jeremy. And really, the father of A Plus. He's certified in just about everything, fixes chippers, trucks, chainsaws (and pretty much whatever the Vallejo crews break), rescues buckets in the middle of nowhere, and will take time out of any busy day to make sure someone feels loved and genuinely cared for. Paul also compiles the weekly safety session emails and throws in beautiful tidbits on wisdom and leadership. (It’s inside the safety...

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06 Aug 2019

Nick & Crew Dominates the Pike Project

Removed 130 Trees, 150+ ft tall, in 6 weeks. Last month Crew Leader Nick and his team -- Cody, Juan, James, Arturo, with help from Raymond & David -- successfully completed the LARGEST tree removal job we've ever done in the forest land. Completed the 6 DONE way, without injury or incident. Pike City is 2 hours North-east of Sacramento, and deep into the Tahoe National Forest in California. Nick's skills fit the bill for this large scale project. Extremely proficient in tree felling, equipment operations and job planning, his supervisor Mazzera, considers him a "strong leader and great teacher". And in Nicks words, "They were really large trees and we had...

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20 Jul 2019

2019 VERSTEEL GAMES!

Raise your saws if you had fun at the Versteel Games! Where'd the name come from? It's a made-up mix of Vermeer + Urban Steel = VerSteel. That’s where that comes from. We host Versteel games every year that combines our training with a bit of fun and competition. This year we ran the event 3 times to accommodate our growing team. Each Versteel was a jam-packed day of training, competitions, cash prizes, good food & team camaraderie. It was RIDICULOUS. We hope it was valuable, fun and you learned something to keep you growing here at A Plus. Our passion is great tree...

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15 May 2019

A Plus Tree and Rebuilding Together

The San Diego A Plus Tree crews volunteered this Monday to support an incredibly worthy cause. A Plus Tree partnered with Rebuilding Together's San Diego branch to help rebuild the home and life of Laura McGinnis. Rebuilding Together serves needy families and aims to eradicate poverty housing. "We improve lives by building wheelchair ramps, widening doors, ADA modifications, weatherization, and many more home repairs for the disabled, elderly, ill, veterans and homeowners in a crisis who are not able to keep up with maintaining a safe environment." This week Rebuilding Together and A Plus Tree partnered to help Laura McGinnis....

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06 May 2019

Sales in the field…kind of

In support of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF) with a mission to kick out homelessness, some from our Bay Area sales and field teams rallied and formed the "Treedom Fighters" kickball team. Unfortunately, we did not kick as much ash as we hoped, and lost in the last round. But, at least we lost to the eventual champions, which made it a little less painful. We DID, however, win the $1000 cash raffle. Which Cyrus graciously gave back to the foundation. We had a blast playing and competing, but most importantly, we knew it was for a good cause. Our sponsorship fee...

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01 May 2019

Eureka! We’ve landed in Eureka!

Guess what my treeple!? A Plus officially has a yard, and a team, in Eureka! "Where's that", you may ask? It's about 4 hours north of our Pleasant Hill main office, situated in beautiful Humboldt County, along the pristine California coastline. It's a tree-filled place that 6 of our team members will now call home. For the last 7 months, our Vallejo crews have been traveling up there weekly to clear vegetation from gas transmission lines and perform other non line-clearance work. The traveling was also taking its toll on our tree crews, and it was clear that this market was...

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19 Oct 2017

Sharing some sad news…

To all our friends, dear clients, valued partners and fellow tree community members: It is with heavy hearts that we share the tragic news of our friend, leader, and CEO Jeremy Tibbets, at the age of 37, passed away in the early morning of October 14th, 2017 from a heart attack. We will truly miss his larger-than-life personality, enigmatic energy, huge heart and infectious laughter. Jeremy had a vision. It was to Inspire Urban Forest Management throughout the Industry and America's Urban Communities. He also had a formula to bring his vision to life; it was to improve the lives of...

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11 Oct 2017

Fire Damaged Trees – What To Look For

In the aftermath of the recent Sonoma and Napa county fires, many homeowners, property managers and cities affected might be wondering about their trees. Are they healthy? Are they safe? We are offering free Arborist assessments, but there are also things you can look out for.     WHAT TO LOOK FOR? In any incident, our first thought is always safety. With many burned and damaged trees in urban areas, failing limbs and trees are now an immediate hazard. Second, as stewards of the Urban Forest, our next step is preservation. What can we do to save the trees that are damaged? Here are 3 things...

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07 Sep 2017

Frequent Flier Climber? Here’s How to Pack.

How do you fly the friendly skies with your tree climbing gear? What are you allowed to bring onboard? On a mission to work in the urban forests of Seattle, I asked myself these questions as I packed my gear bag for my flight out of San Francisco.  I expected to drive the trucks, climb some trees and do some ground work. The challenge was to pack the essentials, yet stay within the airline's baggage limits. I couldn't find any resources online on how to pack an Arborist gear bag for a flight. There were a couple of rock climbing forums that...

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