Scott D. Baker the Tree Undertaker

A tribute to the million decisions in life.



About this Episode

Scott D. Baker is an old-guy-rockin' who's living an amazing life as a master arborist. Please follow along in the show notes below as you listen.



Some of our favorite quotes

He was a rich guy, but he was really cool.
Lyn: You're not an old white guy? Scott: I am now.
Never drink out of a yellow water bottle.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a master manipulator of trees.
I try to provide science-based factual advice to help them make their decisions.
People call Alaska cedars cedars , but those aren't cedars either.
Scott: I'm not a tree huger. Lyn: What do you mean? You're totally a tree hugger.
Try to stay cognizant of other people's situations.
Tree pruning is a million decisions. You've got to make decision after decision after decision, and they're irrevocable. So it's kind of like changes in life. When you do make a big change you can't usually turn back. You have to go with it.
The environment is the most important thing. Without an ecosystem there will be no humans. If we get lucky and get to go to another plant, it will only be because we preserved this one.

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Erik and Scott D. Baker during our interview.







Scotts ISA award video on YouTube.




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About Scott D. Baker

Bio courtesy of Tree Solutions


Scott D. Baker, Principal and Founder, has worked with trees for over 40 years. He has extensive experience with construction, building codes, tree diagnosis, tree houses and zip lines. Scott utilizes his past experience as a successful developer to help bridge the gap between development and trees. He has extensive knowledge of tree biology and has partnered with several international scientists to help implement new tools and techniques in an effort to advance the use of science and technology in arboriculture. Scott is respected as a speaker and educator in tree diagnostics, tree preservation, and tree-supported structures. He is also certified to teach the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification course internationally. He is a Registered Consulting Arborist (#414), Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. He was recently awarded the 2018 International Society of Arboriculture Honorary Life Member award.


Scott is an avid cyclist and has been a regular participant and supporter of the Tour des Trees - a 500+ mile annual bike ride to raise money for the TREE Fund (Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund) .


He enjoys skiing, sailing, and climbing of all kinds.




On Amazon

James Urban's book, Up By Roots.




An Erik Lindbergh original.

Lyn Lindbergh's award winning book.



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For Fun

Here's a YouTube of the Howdy Doody show Scott mentions.


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