Meet New Leaf Tree Services Inc

Caleb  White, Owner   ISA Certified Arborist NY-5816A  Born in Buffalo, NY Caleb moved with his family to Columbia County in 1990. As the son of a fiber artist, he grew up learning to felt, sew, and knit with the wool from his family's sheep. He attended Purchase College, where he graduated with a degree in music composition. His love of hard work and the outdoors brought him back home to his family where he spent time working as a gardener, farmer, landscaper, and carpenter before climbing his first tree. Caleb is an avid athlete, and the physical nature of tree climbing played right into Caleb's strengths, while his love of working in nature opened up the world of arboriculture to him. Caleb credits his parents and athletic coaches with teaching him the values of hard work and a job well done. When he's not climbing a tree, Caleb can be found on his own farm with his wife and two sons, checking things off their to-do list.

Caleb White, Owner

ISA Certified Arborist NY-5816A

Born in Buffalo, NY Caleb moved with his family to Columbia County in 1990. As the son of a fiber artist, he grew up learning to felt, sew, and knit with the wool from his family's sheep. He attended Purchase College, where he graduated with a degree in music composition. His love of hard work and the outdoors brought him back home to his family where he spent time working as a gardener, farmer, landscaper, and carpenter before climbing his first tree. Caleb is an avid athlete, and the physical nature of tree climbing played right into Caleb's strengths, while his love of working in nature opened up the world of arboriculture to him. Caleb credits his parents and athletic coaches with teaching him the values of hard work and a job well done. When he's not climbing a tree, Caleb can be found on his own farm with his wife and two sons, checking things off their to-do list.

Johannes Zygla   ARborist  Born and raised near Cape Town, South Africa, Johannes grew up in a community that cares for the mentally and physically disabled. Watching his parents work tirelessly over the years has taught him that it is important to enjoy the good things in life while maintaining a strong work ethic. His love of equipment, tools, and the outdoors led him to pursue this unique trade.

Johannes Zygla

ARborist

Born and raised near Cape Town, South Africa, Johannes grew up in a community that cares for the mentally and physically disabled. Watching his parents work tirelessly over the years has taught him that it is important to enjoy the good things in life while maintaining a strong work ethic. His love of equipment, tools, and the outdoors led him to pursue this unique trade.

Makima Light   Arborist Assistant / Equipment Operator  Makima joined New Leaf in the fall of 2014. Born and raised in Columbia County, Makima spent his childhood playing in the woods. As the son of a fine cabinet maker, he established an early knowledge of wood and the tools surrounding woodwork. He graduated high school before entering the work force, starting with construction and excavation, where he learned how to operate heavy machinery. Makima moved on to a variety of different jobs, from a summer camp counselor, to working on an organic banana farm in the Dominican Republic. When he joined New Leaf, Makima brought his wealth of big equipment experience, and the brawn to get the heavy jobs done. When he’s not cutting down trees or chipping brush, Makima can be found working on his car and ATV.

Makima Light

Arborist Assistant / Equipment Operator

Makima joined New Leaf in the fall of 2014. Born and raised in Columbia County, Makima spent his childhood playing in the woods. As the son of a fine cabinet maker, he established an early knowledge of wood and the tools surrounding woodwork. He graduated high school before entering the work force, starting with construction and excavation, where he learned how to operate heavy machinery. Makima moved on to a variety of different jobs, from a summer camp counselor, to working on an organic banana farm in the Dominican Republic. When he joined New Leaf, Makima brought his wealth of big equipment experience, and the brawn to get the heavy jobs done. When he’s not cutting down trees or chipping brush, Makima can be found working on his car and ATV.

Martin J. Silvan   Arborist / Landscaper  Martin joined the New Leaf team in the spring of 2013. A native of Columbia County, he has traveled extensively in Europe and Scandinavia but is happy to once again call the Hudson Valley home. Upon his return to the area, Martin took up teaching and has been running a small class for the past couple of years. He has also been working as a local arborist and landscaper for the past six years, and he brings a lot of tree biology knowledge and tree work expertise to New Leaf. Proficient in both tree climbing and precision felling, Martin provides New Leaf with a quality hand they can trust. When he's not climbing a tree, Martin can be found working on his farm.

Martin J. Silvan

Arborist / Landscaper

Martin joined the New Leaf team in the spring of 2013. A native of Columbia County, he has traveled extensively in Europe and Scandinavia but is happy to once again call the Hudson Valley home. Upon his return to the area, Martin took up teaching and has been running a small class for the past couple of years. He has also been working as a local arborist and landscaper for the past six years, and he brings a lot of tree biology knowledge and tree work expertise to New Leaf. Proficient in both tree climbing and precision felling, Martin provides New Leaf with a quality hand they can trust. When he's not climbing a tree, Martin can be found working on his farm.