Able Tree Service Staff

Jim Cook

Founder, Co-Owner
ISA Certified Arborist

 Jim Cook

Jim Cook is an ISA (international Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist and a member of ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists).  Jim began his career with trees in the 1950′s.  He received a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Oregon State. He spent two years in the Peace Corp in Ecuador helping local farmers lay the ground work for a reforestation program. Later, in 1965 he returned to college and obtained a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1972.Jim spent over 20 years working for the US Forest Service in California and Montana. During that time Jim was a smoke jumper and an economist in the regional planning department.In 1975, Jim decided to start his own business and he opened Able Tree Service in Missoula, Montana. For over 40 years, Jim has been known around Missoula as the tree doctor. Some people even refer to him as the Lorax. He is passionate about trees and his work. His favorite part of his profession is working with clients and sharing his knowledge. Consultations and tree appraisals are his specialty. We would like to end this with a list of Jim’s hobbies but trees are his only hobby.

Beverly Cook

Co-Owner 

ISA Certified Arborist

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Beverly Cook grew up in Butte Mt. and graduated from the University of Montana College of Technology with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.  Beverly worked for the conservation corps throughout Montana and Idaho building trails, removing invasive weeds, and re-habilitating public use areas.  She is an avid outdoors (woman), rock climber, and occasional tree climber.Believe it or not she met the love of her life Marty Cook, because of a silver maple tree, (one of the biggest and oldest silver maples in Missoula), one look at Marty in that tree and she was hooked! Beverly soon became Marty’s partner in 2001, joined Team Able, and gave birth to their son Trystan in 2002.  Since Marty’s untimely passing in 2012, Beverly has taken the helm in leading the Team to always strive for the same high standards that Marty had always instilled.

Cooper Elwood

Co-Owner

ISA Certified Arborist

Montana Certified Pesticide Applicator
 

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Cooper Elwood was born and raised on a small tree farm in northwestern Wyoming, where he learned the basics of tree planting and care. After working at a residential treatment facility for children for a number of years, Cooper returned to his roots and joined the staff of Able Tree Service in 2011, where he learned the basics of tree pruning, climbing, and modern arboricultural techniques from Martin and Jim. Cooper is currently a Certified Pesticide Applicator for the State of Montana, a Certified Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture, a co-owner of the company along with Jim Cook and Beverly Hilmo, and enjoys working with each client to construct a personal plant health care plan that is both ecologically responsible and economically viable.

Jim Chase

ISA Certified Arborist

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 Jim Chase has over twenty years of arboriculture, forestry and climbing experience.  His experience with trees began in one of America’s oldest orchards in New England and progressed on to forestry contracts on the west coast.  He joined the Able Tree Family over 10 years ago. Jim has completed numerous technical, alpine rock climbs throughout the United States and Canada and regularly competes in 50 and 100 mile trail runs.