The Crew

Jack Magai

With a family background in engineering, undergraduate work in math and chemistry, and a degree in dance and literature from Bennington college, Jack Magai started working in the tree care field in 1985. He started a pruning trees in Seattle in the 90s and became certified as an arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in 1997. He has studied tree mechanics with Claus Mattheck, and recently became qualified by the ISA in Tree Risk Assessment. Under his other hat he has been making and performing dance-based works for 30 years. He has two sons with the writer Amy Halloran.

Arborist Certification (#PN-A1157) from the International Society of Arboriculture, 1997- present
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) from the International Society of Arboriculture, 2014
American Society of Consulting Arborists, Member since 2018

Practical Education
Oak Wilt Workshop, Schenectady, NY 2018
Tree Climbers International Recreational Tree-climbing Facilitators' Training, Atlanta, GA, 2018
Tree Biomechanics Workshop with Frank Rinn, Westchester, NY, 2016
Botany 116B, SUNY Cobleskill, 2008
International Tree Failure Database (ITFD) training, UMass Amherst, 2008
Tree Risk Assessment Workshop, New York State Arborists, Albany, NY 2006
Insects and Diseases of Forest Trees, Cooperative Extension of Warren Co., NY 2005
ISA Conferences, 2002, 2004, 2012, & 2017
The Body Language of Trees and Visual Tree Assessment, with Dr. Claus Mattheck 1999 and 2002

 

Andrew Lynn

Andrew was raised on a small fruit farm in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and arrived in Troy around 2000, where he received an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to being a ISA certified arborist, he is the founder of Troy Bike Rescue, a board member of the Sanctuary for Independent Media, an amateur musician, and dad to two girls, Hazel Moon and Laurel Mae.

Arborist Certification (NY-5991A) from the International Society of Arboriculture, 2015- present

Practical Education
Oak Wilt Workshop, Schenectady, NY 2018
Tree Climbers International Recreational Tree-climbing Facilitators' Training, Atlanta, GA, 2018 Tree Biomechanics Workshop with Frank Rinn, Westchester, NY, 2016

 

Christian Grigoraskos

Christian grew up on suburban Long Island where many streets are named after trees.  After wandering western North America, between mountains and sea, for most of his twenties, he started to cultivate an interest in the natural world.   Now, hypnotized by natural cycles, Christian focuses on working with them to create productive and regenerative environments.   Together with his partner Azure, Christian is developing the Collard City Growers' food forest, raising their son Ember, and co-parenting several thousand plants of all shapes and sizes.

Tristen Wood

Tristen Wood grew up in the Adirondacks. He is a avid outdoorsman, cyclist, and trash-hacker and has studied horticulture and forestry at Minot State University at Bottineau. He has been climbing and identifying trees for most of his life and has worked with Jack since 2012. He is currently pursuing ISA certification.

Arborist Certification (NY-5993A) from the International Society of Arboriculture, 2015- present