Lifelong Palisadian Carl Mellinger founded his own business in 1983 after he noticed "a lack of proper tree care locally." He is a certified and consulting arborist and a member of the ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists). He has a staff of ten, including crew members who frequently attend seminars and workshops to hone and advance their craft.

"I specialize in cutting-edge arboriculture with a hands-on approach," Mellinger says. "Some of my crew members have been with us since 1985, and we're committed to providing service following the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) guidelines for pruning and safety. For example, we won't top trees since this can permanently harm or destroy them."

In addition to offering complete tree-care services, Carl Mellinger is a consultant in disease and pest diagnosis, tree preservation during construction, report writing and appraisals, and he serves as an expert witness..

Carl Mellinger is a Licensed CA landscape contractor (#728538), Certified Arborist (WCISA member/past president CH-00183), Tree Risk Assessor ( #1365), and an ASCA member (American Society of Consulting Arborist).


Curriculum Vitae


  • Certified Tree Risk Assessor #1365 - Since 2011
  • ISA Certified Arborist - Since 1998
  • California State Licensed Landscape Contractor - Since 1996
  • Consulting Arborist - Since 1985
  • Tree Management - owner full tree care service - Since 1983
  • Research (plant sciences) - 6 years



  • Self-employed Arborist - 1982 – Present
  • Analytical laboratory technician - 1980 – 1982



  • Graduate of the American Society of Consulting Arborists Academy - September 4, 1998
  • Biological, Animal, and Microbiological Sciences, Santa Monica College - 1979-1983
  • Biological Sciences, University of Southern California - 1973-1976
  • Continuing Education (list available upon request)



  • Forensic Arboriculture: expert witness, liability assessment, risk tree evaluation
  • Tree evaluation: appraisal of value of trees: damage assessment
  • Tree management: tree preservation/maintenance programs and implementations; work safety analysis; landscape design analysis; tree selection; performance standards
  • Tree problem diagnosis and corrective measures; tree root/soil/hardscape interactions



  • Past President of the Western Chapter International
  • Society of Arboriculture (Board Director/Member 9 years)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) & Western Chapter of ISA
  • American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), formally National Arborist Association (NAA)
  • Society of Commercial Arboriculture, Street Tree Seminar
  • Western Chapter ISA Committee: Species Classification Guide Revision (2001- Present)
  • Western Chapter ISA Committee
  • Current Chapter Historian, Magazine Committee Chair, Awards Committee Chair since 2007
  • Co Chair 2011, 2009, 2005 and Chair 2006 WCISA Workday Catalina, Britton Fund Board Directo
  • Chairman for 2002 Annual Conference San Pedro/Catalina/Baja Calif
  • Committee Member: Bylaws Committee Member, Britton Fund Researc
  • Chairperson Fundraising 2001 Modesto, 1999 Ventura Conference, 1998 Yosemite Conference
  • Western Chapter ISA Historian (2002-present); Strategic Initiative Facilitator and Tree Care Standards Promoter



  • Palisades Civic League - President (current), Board member / Landscape expert (1993 - Present)
  • Palisades Community Council Member (2002 - Present)
  • Palisades Village Green Committee
  • Palisades Beautiful: Consultant
  • Community Forest Advisory Committee of LA (CFAC): Participated in the brainstorming formulation of Sustainable Community Forest Ecosystem: Vision Workshop
  • Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee (VNOC) - Rustic Canyon Improvement to Landscaping & Trees



  • Palisades Pride Committee's installation of new street trees for town: Consultant and selection of trees
  • Parks and Recreation Council: Participated in creating a new Street Tree Ordinance Policy for Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica Beautiful: Street Trees
  • Palisades Beautiful: Street Trees



  • ISA True Professional Award 2011
  • Order of the Garter WCISA 2011
  • Award of Merit presented by the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 2009
  • Presidents Award WCISA 2002
  • Good Neighbor Honor Roll Award-Santa Monica Beautiful – saving Santa Monica DMV Trees
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, Bronze, Silver & Gold Leaf Award




  • Palm ID Seminar: ID and Things You Should Know About Palms Huntington Gardens 2010
  • Eucalyptus ID Seminar: Structural Problems with Eucalyptus LA Arboretum '08
  • Western Chapter ISA Annual Conference '01 - Preserving the Rainforest & Our Urban Plantation
  • Western Chapter ISA Annual Conference '99 - Integrity in Your Tree Care Business

Palisades Garden Club:

  • Invasion of the Eucalyptus Longhorned Borer
  • Diagnosing and Identifying Tree Diseases and Problems
  • Tree Care for the Millennium: To Trim Or Not To Trim
  • Brentwood Garden Club - Multiple presentations
  • South Coast Botanical Gardens

Creator of Stump the Chump Quiz: Arboricultural Quiz Presented at Yearly Annual Conferences Since 1998 to Present

Lectures to Elementary School

Track Coach at Palisades High School 1994 - 2010





Ongoing participation. List available upon reques