We Save Trees!
Evan Sussman is the owner of Sonshine Tree Care. Evan’s career in arboriculture began in the tropical climate of Hawai’i on Maui. In 2012 Evan moved to the Pacific Northwest and started Sonshine Tree Care.
Evan is actively involved in the furthering of the arboriculture profession in region through community engagement, as a professional tree worker instructor, and in the development of arborist apprenticeship programs.
Evan currently serves on the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture Board of Directors as the Liaison to the TREE Fund (Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund).
“I started Sonshine Tree Care because I wanted to work for a company that set the bar for professionalism, safety, and the proper practice of arboriculture. When I didn’t find that, I decided to start Sonshine Tree Care.”
Andrea has been working with Sonshine since 2017. Her path to arboriculture began with her schooling from the University of Washington where she got her BS in Environmental Science: Restoration Ecology.
Upon graduation, Andrea began working with the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) on an Urban Forestry crew. There she began learning about the fundamentals of tree planting, pruning, and care in conjunction with her love for restoration. During her time with the WCC she teamed up with the City of Everett and their Urban Forestry crew. It was this connection that was made through the WCC that later led her to work for the city as a seasonal employee. After a wonderful summer with the city learning more and more about trees and their impact on the urban environment Andrea went to work with Evan at Sonshine Tree Care with the goal of turning her focus to arboriculture.
Since her start at Sonshine, Andrea has gone from an apprentice doing groundwork to a certified arborist, who does groundwork, climbs, and consults. She is currently working to expand her knowledge in her new duty of doing consulting. She hopes to one day be able to combine all of her passions to create restoration projects for customers that include wildlife habitat and well managed trees.
“I love working for Sonshine Tree Care because of the safe and educational atmosphere. I am proud to be a part of a team that is committed to doing quality work that’s beneficial to both trees and people.”