Supporting a balance between the needs of trees and people.

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About Arbor Vital

Arbor Vital is a company of five tree-loving people based in Boulder, Colorado that provides expert pruning, planting, removal, and consultation. We help our clients, and other tree stewards, make good tree care decisions based on tree biology and nature’s own aesthetics; coordinating a balance between the needs of trees and people.

Arbor Vital's clients include homeowners, commercial property owners, HOAs and other tree stewards who recognize the value of healthy, beautiful trees. Our clients enjoy the right trees in the right places; advice from passionate professionals; pleasant and easy fulfillment of requests; and protection for their trees from the high winds and heavy snows of Colorado's Front Range.


Our Team


Owner/Founder David Schaldach, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, Climber & Pruner

David was raised in the Wisconsin woods. His father imparted to David his own love of trees, and introduced him to concepts in tree identification, planting, pruning, and woodlot management from an early age. David started working in the tree care industry in San Francisco in the early 90's and was mentored locally by renowned arborist Fred Berkelhammer. David has been an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist since 2003, and opened Arbor Vital Tree Care in 2004.


Craig Gress, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, Climber & Pruner

We are proud to have Craig as the newest member of our team. A Wisconsin native, Craig is an ISA Certified Arborist and has worked in the tree and landscape industry for the past 10 years. He studied Urban Forestry and Forestry Recreation at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Craig worked previously at an arboretum in northwest Indiana where he maintained formal gardens and natural areas. He also managed a collection of trees, including a vast variety of oak species from around the world. Craig is an avid fisherman and camper, as well as an Eagle Scout. When he’s not exploring the great outdoors, Craig loves to catch a football game (GO PACKS GO) and spend time with good friends.


Ben Baxter, Crew Foreman, Maintenance Supervisor, Climber & Pruner

Ben comes to us from New England. He grew up surrounded by machinery and land clearing equipment and started working summers in the tree care industry when he was 13. After moving to Colorado 6 years ago, he began working on climbing/pruning crews and has been a mainstay at Arbor Vital for over 5 years.

These years of working one-on-one with David have made Ben invaluable for knowing “the way that David would do it”. He’s also the guy who makes sure that the saws and chipper blades are razor sharp. When not in the trees, Ben loves playing guitar—he’s really good—and seeing live music.


Julien Del Tufo, Climber, Pruner & Ground Man

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY Julien started working with trees on a golf course in Sharon, CT, where he began to learn to care for and prune black walnut, maples, and elm. After moving to Colorado in 2018, one day we needed a temporary ground man. We immediately noticed Julien’s great attitude as well as aptitude for tree care and snagged him as a full time climber/pruner trainee. When not up in the trees, Julien is an accomplished musician, playing drums with gigging bands.