Our roots run deep in the Twin Cities. Learn about the friendly and professional Birch Tree Care Team.

"Birch Tree Care did an exceptional job. They were professional throughout the process of quoting to completing the task. The price was fair and I would not hesitate to use them again or refer them to anyone."

- DOUGLAS, MENDOTA HEIGHTS


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KRIS BIRCH
PARTNER AND PRESIDENT

As a second generation business owner of BIRCH, Inc., I’ve been in the green industry for as long as I can remember. After completing a biblical and theological degree and a minor in entrepreneurship from Bethel University, I joined BIRCH, Inc. as part of the leadership team. Starting Birch Tree Care was a sensible next step as we continue to grow and develop our company, our brand and our team.

On the weekends, you’ll find me trying the newest ‘foodie’ restaurant with my wife, cooking dinner for friends & family, participating in triathlons, playing hockey or chasing after my daughter Peyton & son Lucca.

 
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TONY SYLVESTER
PARTNER AND VICE PRESIDENT

My father started a tree care company in 1976, which became a major part of my life growing up and into adulthood. Watching his passion for this industry along with his attention to detail towards every customer, taught me the importance of customer relationships and business.

I began working in the tree care industry for my father’s company over 20 years ago splitting firewood. During the summer, I was on the crews, dragging brush and doing yard clean-up. In 1998 I went through climbing certification school to learn the proper pruning and climbing techniques for industry standards. In 2006, my brother and I became owners of our father’s company where we grew to gain national attention; we sold the business in 2012.

Partnering with Kris and Birch Tree Care was a very easy decision for me. Everyone at BTC has the same work ethic, passion and attention to detail—we all care very much about our customers and the services we provide.

Outside of work, my wife Jackie and I enjoy spending time watching our son Joey play hockey and baseball and our daughter Bella in soccer and gymnastics. We also spend a lot of time outdoors hunting, fishing and being at the lake.

 
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Tyler Rose
Plant Health Care Manager

I’ve been working in the green industry since 2012. I started out as an intern on the grounds crew at a country club golf course. The golf course is where I first learned the basics of chainsaw operation and maintenance, as well as basic tree pruning and removal techniques. I fell in love with tree work right away.

After earning an undergraduate degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota in 2014, I worked mainly on the turf maintenance side of the industry. Two years ago, I joined Birch Tree Care as a plant healthcare technician, and my passion for tree care has continuously grown. I’ve obtained my ISA certification, and have learned to climb. Every day is exciting in this industry, and I am extremely proud to be an arborist.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing hockey, golfing, traveling, spending time outside, and being around my friends and family.

 
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Kim Kleunder
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

I am very excited to be joining the Birch Tree Care team.  While new to tree care industry, I bring with me 17 years of customer service and office management experience to the team. I take great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring our customers get the care they deserve.  I look forward to being a part of this growing team and exciting industry.  

I have been married for 16 years to my husband Buck and have two teenage sons.  We stay very busy with football, baseball, golf and hockey all year round.  We also enjoy spending as much time as we can up north at our cabin fishing, boating and enjoying the outdoors!

 
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Steve Burslie
Consulting Sales Arborist.

I have been in the Green Industry for over 20 years and have my B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of MN- Crookston.  I am an I.S.A. Certified Arborist along with being a licensed pesticide applicator.  One of my biggest joys is meeting property owners and walking their landscape explaining the different insect and disease issues along with formulating a management plan that works best within their budget.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending a majority of my time with my family.  The weekends are spent with sporting activities while finding time to enjoy the area lakes for fishing.

 
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PAUL ASLESON
CONSULTING SALES ARBORIST

With 21 years of experience in the industry, I am an ISA-certified arborist with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. I am also a Minnesota-certified tree inspector and commercial pesticide applicator. I am excited to be a part of the Birch Tree Care team!