“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in trees and the outdoors.”
                                                                                                                  - Mike Riley, Owner/Certified Arborist
Mike is originally from NJ, where he worked as an assistant forester and organic farmer. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2002 with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management (Forestry Concentration) and a Minor in Agroecology, Mike moved to the beautiful Asheville area. He started work with a local, well-respected tree company providing high quality tree care. Mike became a International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist in 2003. In 2005, he “branched” out on his own and began offering his services to the public.
Mike has performed tree work for the National Park Service, the NC Forest Service, and for several historic and high-value sites around Western NC. He takes pride in his work and maintains ethical work standards at all times. WNC Arborist is fully insured for all aspects of tree care and removal. Mike is a Member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and a Member of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). He continues to improve his skills and knowledge through workshops, conferences, and collaboration with other arborists. Mike tries to be as environmentally minded as possible, recycling all wood waste and utilizing biodegradable, vegetable-based bar oil in his chainsaws. Because he feels it is important to conserve our building resources and make advances in sustainable living, WNC Arborist is also a member of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.
Mike lives with his wife and their dog and cat in Fairview, NC.
ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5138A
NC Licensed Pesticide Applicator #026-22047
Nautilus Insurance $1M/$2M Liability Policy
City of Asheville Business License #08-00020253
EIN # 26-1329545
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