Meet The Team

Barbara Popelka Member of the International Society of Arboriculture, and an ISA Certified Arborist with extensive training and 18 years of field experience.  She is also a licensed, certified, and bonded Ornamental and Turf Commercial Applicator.  She has maintained her CEUs (Continuing Education Units) over the past years by attending numerous Arboricultural and Chemical related training classes and seminars.  She is certified with both the Tree Tech and Mauget Tree Injection Delivery Systems.  She was recognized by the Cambridge Who’s Who as the 2009-2010 Professional of the Year Representing Environmental Services.  In addition to her field and diagnostic skills, she is the YVTS Office Manager.

Elizabeth Fredericksen Member of the International Society of Arboriculture, and an ISA Certified Arborist with extensive training and 12 years of field experience.  She is certified with both the Tree Tech and Mauget Tree Injection Delivery Systems.  In addition to her field and diagnostic skills, she is the IPM Crew leader.

Tom Yelvington – for All Other Inquiries 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 and current member 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.