Meet New Leaf Tree Services Inc

  Peter W. Madsen, Co-Owner   ISA Certified Arborist NY-5681A  Born in California and a graduate of Evergreen College, Peter brings a traveled and experienced past to the New Leaf leadership team. Having spent seven years abroad as an organic farmer in Russia and Norway as part of the Camphill organization, Peter knows how cold a winter can be. He settled in Columbia County at Camphill Copake, a home for mentally challenged and disabled adults where he ran the organic vegetable garden and helped with the forestry program. A love of the outdoors inspired him to become an arborist, and with his background in organic gardening he brings a vast knowledge of the growing world to New Leaf. An avid musician, Peter is also a member of the contra-dance musical group The Russet Trio. They perform locally throughout the northeast, from weddings to local dance halls and everything in between. When he's not climbing a tree, Peter can be found kicking a soccer ball or shooting hoops with his two teenage sons.   

Peter W. Madsen, Co-Owner

ISA Certified Arborist NY-5681A

Born in California and a graduate of Evergreen College, Peter brings a traveled and experienced past to the New Leaf leadership team. Having spent seven years abroad as an organic farmer in Russia and Norway as part of the Camphill organization, Peter knows how cold a winter can be. He settled in Columbia County at Camphill Copake, a home for mentally challenged and disabled adults where he ran the organic vegetable garden and helped with the forestry program. A love of the outdoors inspired him to become an arborist, and with his background in organic gardening he brings a vast knowledge of the growing world to New Leaf. An avid musician, Peter is also a member of the contra-dance musical group The Russet Trio. They perform locally throughout the northeast, from weddings to local dance halls and everything in between. When he's not climbing a tree, Peter can be found kicking a soccer ball or shooting hoops with his two teenage sons.

 

  Caleb R.C. White, Co-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 son, and their two dogs, checking things off their to-do list one at a time.

Caleb R.C. White, Co-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 son, and their two dogs, checking things off their to-do list one at a time.

   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.

  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.

  Nicholas Tripsas    ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST NY-6205A  Born in raised in Greene county, Nick established a love for nature at a young age. He spent his free time growing up hiking the peaks of the eastern Catskills and skiing Hunter mtn.  He attended SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college he spent two years working as a member of backcountry trail building crews in California and Alaska where his love of nature deepened further. Becoming an arborist seemed like a natural progression for Nick. He prides himself in helping to illuminate others and spread appreciation for the living things that surround us. Joining New Leaf in 2016 he brings a well-rounded skill set and aptitude for tree biology. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, cycling, swimming and hiking around the Hudson Valley.

Nicholas Tripsas

ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST NY-6205A

Born in raised in Greene county, Nick established a love for nature at a young age. He spent his free time growing up hiking the peaks of the eastern Catskills and skiing Hunter mtn.  He attended SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Biology. After college he spent two years working as a member of backcountry trail building crews in California and Alaska where his love of nature deepened further. Becoming an arborist seemed like a natural progression for Nick. He prides himself in helping to illuminate others and spread appreciation for the living things that surround us. Joining New Leaf in 2016 he brings a well-rounded skill set and aptitude for tree biology. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, cycling, swimming and hiking around the Hudson Valley.