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Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons

In January of 2024, we joined forces with SavATree, a leading provider of arboricultural services. This merger will allow us to offer our customers additional services and grow our local team of arborists, all while continuing to offer the high level of service you’ve come to expect from us. We are looking forward to offering enhanced capabilities and science-based solutions to keep your property safe, healthy, beautiful, and thriving. Click here to learn more.

Our Mission

Choosing Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons means you’re choosing more than just a tree company. We’ve made it our mission to create a culture of environmental awareness within our own company and the community. Taking care of the environment and fostering healthy relationships with nature and our clients is a large part of the professional ethics certified arborists abide by.

Our Team

Tom Yelvington has been in the tree care industry for over 42 years. He has been a member of the International Society of Arboriculture since 1981 and an ISA Certified Arborist since 1999. He is a past President of the Association of Montana Turf and Ornamental Professionals. He is also licensed as a Commercial Applicator by the State of Montana. He is a Certified Tree Worker/Climber Evaluator. 

He has conducted classes and trained many people in the various aspects of arboriculture. He has been actively involved with tree trimming and removal work as a tree climber and bucket operator. He has won first place in 2 of 4 climbing competitions in the work climb. He also participates in charitable arboricultural projects in the community. He has been the owner and operator of Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons for the past 35 years.

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Matt Bruggeman

Chemical Technician / Arborist
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Maggie Joy

Crew Supervisor
Cert. Arborist #RM-8239A
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Paul Siegfried

Tree Care Foreman
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Tom Yelvington

Registered Consulting Arborist: #642
Cert. Arborist #RM-0566ATL
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Jaime Markley

Ground Crew / Apprentice Arborist
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Angus Nelson

Apprentice Arborist
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Payton Kouba

Ground Crew / Apprentice Arborist
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Jace Molk

Ground crew / Apprentice Arborist

Our History and Community

spreading positivity & awareness

Tom started Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons in 1981 as a culmination of his early experiences working in the tree industry. From a young age, Tom would go logging with his step-dad, and his understanding of arboriculture grew from there. After working with several different companies, Tom decided he would start Yellowstone Valley Tree Surgeons in 1981.

We grew over time, spreading positivity and awareness of the environment. Every year we are a large part of the community events, such as the Arbor Day volunteer project with the city of Billings. Even from such humble beginnings, we plan to continue using our business as a platform to help the Earth and our community.

Hands holding and caring a young green plant