Mike Donahue, Co-Owner & Certified Arborist
Growing up in Philadelphia, Mike took an early affection to the outdoors and all that it offers. Working alongside his mom Phyllis—award winning gardener extraordinaire and horticulturist—in her garden, he was always inspired by the perfectly organized chaos, complex inner workings and the thrill of nature.
In 1998, he visited Bend to have a little fun, then returned to the East Coast to attend Paul Smiths College in upstate New York with a degree—and a spot on the Dean’s List—in Urban Tree Management in 2002. From there he worked in the tree industry in the Northeast, Southeast and Central Oregon. It was then that he realized the industry potential and the need for honest, loving tree care in the High Desert.
In 2004, Mike and his business partner at the time, Chris Vaughan, purchased Arbor 1 Tree Service from Patrick Trowbridge and the rest, they say, is history. Chris left the company in 2010, and Mike then teamed up with Dave Tyler to continue to provide excellence in safe, professional tree care for all of Central Oregon. Mike has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2005.
Mike loves Central Oregon, his wife Megan, his dogs, his bike and all the good people in the green industry. He truly loves the urban forest and works hard to educate the community about the many incredible tangible and not-so-tangible benefits of trees in our daily lives. He also likes collecting mass amounts of insects, feathers, rocks, leaves, cones, flowers and any other natural goodies that he can find.
Dave Tyler, Co-Owner & Certified Arborist
Born and raised on the Oregon Coast and western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Dave is a true Oregonian with family roots in the timber industry. Wanting to expand his horizons, he came to Bend to attend Central Oregon Community College then finished up with a degree in Business Administration at Oregon State University.
Dave’s experience includes working in the ski industry, timber industry, and some time put into Oregon’s fledgling wine industry, where he gained valuable experience and knowledge in planting, propagating and producing some of Oregon’s vineyards. But the rain and fog prevailed and he hightailed it back to Central Oregon to ski, build some houses and eventually work for a number of tree companies.
Dave gladly accepted a partnership with Arbor 1 in 2011. Since then, they have expanded from a two-person operation to employing 4-5 year round workers. Dave is also an ISA Certified Arborist and works hard to provide quality tree service for Central Oregon. And if you’ve ever seen him work on a tree, you’ll see how good he is at his job!