Dan Kraus has been climbing in, working with, and learning about trees for over 30 years.
Dan is a second-generation arborist, beginning in 1984 he started working for his fathers tree care company on the Big Island of Hawaii. Climbing, pruning and removing trees to pay for his colllege education. He has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1994.
Dan competed at tree climbing competitions for years and won the International title in 2005. He entered his first tree climbing competition on Oahu in 1992. Being an athlete his whole life and loving tree work he decided that arborist tree climbing competitions were going to be his new sport. He won the Hawaii state championships six years in a row. After winning the Western Chapter Championships in California he qualified to compete at the World Championships in Birmingham, England, where he took first place in the preliminarys at his first International event. Since moving to the PNW, he has won the PNW chapter championships13 times, and made it to the world championship finals 8 times.
Dan has climbed trees all over the world applying his skills towards hurricane restoration work in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, canopy research in Oregon and California, educational climbing in Australia, and hazard reduction pruning in Hong Kong.
Dan was presented the Award of Merit from the PNW Chapter of the International Society of Aroriculture in 2008
Dan met his now wife Justina at a Arborist conference in 1997, He moved to the PNW to be with her in 1998. They both share a deep attraction to the trees and now run their tree care company together.
Dan also has a Cat in a Tree Rescue service, helping rescue stranded cats that have been stuck in trees for days. He has rescued over 1000 cats to date.
Whether your job is large or small, Dan brings his years of experience climbing and pruning trees to every job.