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I'm Back Home!
I've spent most of the last 2 1/2 years out west in Northern California and then in the state of Washington.
I began by helping the community of Paradise, California recover from the most destructive fire in California history. I inspected thousands of trees that were affected by the Camp Fire. It was a really great opportunity, and they certainly needed and benefited from my expertise to inspect trees for health and safety concerns. I also had the opportunity to work a fire in the Sequoia National Park and actually be around the Giant Sequoias! Additionally, I spent some time in areas were the Coastal Redwoods grow. Professionally, this was a very big deal. Northern California is beautiful.
A Little About Me and How I Got Where I Am Today.
I'm a horticulturalist and arborist with over 18 years of experience in this industry. I spent ten years and two days as a departmental supervisor for the City of Homewood Landscape Department. This Department no longer exist as of August 5, 2009. I made all the everyday decisions for the department that included the horticultural management and maintenance of designated landscape properties and athletic fields (14) within the city. In January 2008; I was honored as the "City Employee of the Year." In February 2010; I resigned from the City of Homewood. Six months after the Landscape Department merged with the Park and Recreation Department.
I really have nothing but good things to say about Homewood. My talents were not being used to their full potential. It was simply time for me to leave. I basically started another chapter. I'm thankful that I had the fortitude to start over with a wife and (3) children to support. I now have (4) children with one more due in ***August 2016. WOW!
***Our child Matthew Samuel - Clayton Boggan died in the womb. He was buried next to my father in Trussville, Alabama. This has forever changed me and my wife.
After exiting the U.S. Navy (1990-1994) with an Honorable Discharge; I attended a local two year college for horticulture. I was distinguished as the "Most Outstanding Student in Horticulture" and had a 3.65 g.p.a.. Fred Kapp was my horticulture instructor. He has been very influential in my career. I haven't the words to describe how grateful I am for him. All the local community colleges have now closed their horticulture programs...sad.
I'm certified by the state of Alabama in Ornamental and Turf Pest Control (OTPS), Setting of Landscape Plants (SLP), and Landscape Design (LD). I'm also a Board Certified Master Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture #SO-5270B. I have extensive experience in plant selection, planting, and the proper pruning of ornamental tree and shrubs. I've been evaluating trees for hazardous conditions since 2004. I'm Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Prior to accepting the departmental supervisor position for the City of Homewood; I worked for over two years for the Hoover Board of Education managing their landscape properties and athletic fields. In addition; I worked for (2) other businesses in the lawn care industry.
I began offering Arborist Consulting and tree mitigation services shortly after resigning from the City of Homewood in 2010. This is where my talents and passion have brought me.