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 1950s.  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 groundwork 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 rehabilitating 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.

Jim Chase

Foreman
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 ten 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.