Certified Arborist in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA Master Arborist - Nick 1Nick has over 20 years experience in climbing and caring for trees. He is a passionate educator, striving to make sure each client knows how to maintain their tree’s health, beauty, and value – either on their own or with some experienced help.

Email: nick@treecarela.com
Instagram: @treecarela

Industry Credentials & Involvement

ISA Board Certified Master Arborist #WE-7751B
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Certified
D-49 Tree Service Contractor’s License #99471
Trained Tree Climbing Facilitator, Tree Climbers International

Los Angeles, CA Master Arborist - Nick 2


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ripon College
Graduate, American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Academy

Fun Fact

Nick is known internationally for his rope splicing skills. Check out his training series at treestuff.com!

Why He Became an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist

“I never wanted to settle for ‘good enough.’ I knew that it was the next BIG step, but deep down it was also the right step in the advancement of my career and TreeCareLA.”

Favorite Tree to Climb

Tipuana tipu! The widespread branches of a tipu make for great shade and are a fun challenge for tree climbers.”


While attending Ripon College in Wisconsin, Nick started climbing trees – mostly for recreation, but always with a rope and harness. Knowing his passion for the outdoors and for trees, his friends recommended he become an arborist. Nick is from a very small Wisconsin town and didn’t even know what an arborist was! Following good advice, he started working for the best tree care company in the Midwest, The Care of Trees in Chicago. It was here that he first saw what proper tree care looks like and how it makes for bigger, better trees and a beautiful city. Over the next few years, Nick spent his time as a tree climbing nomad, working for some of the very best companies in the country, such as: Tree ReLeaf, Berkelhammer Tree Experts, and Aspen Tree Expert Co. Nick also worked for some of the worst tree services imaginable, experiencing the damage that improper care can have on a tree’s life!

In 2004, Nick moved to Southern California. While working for some of those “bad” tree companies, he learned that Los Angeles’ tree care culture is unlike that of the Midwest and East Coast – trees are not given the care and respect they deserve, especially given the incredible value they provide to Angelenos. Nick began volunteering for and was eventually hired by TreePeople to plant and care for thousands of trees throughout LA as the Senior Tree Care Supervisor.

TreeCareLA was officially launched in June of 2011. It has become a fun little tree care company where the team can be proud of doing great work in a city that desperately needs it. Nick is one of only a handful of Board Certified Master Arborists (BCMAs) in southern California – the highest level of certification offered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Fewer than 2% of all ISA certified arborists have the BCMA distinction.

Learn more about the value of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.

Curriculum Vitae – Nick Araya