Tom Ebeling joined Openlands in 2019 as the Community Arborist. As Community Arborist, Tom works to facilitate the community tree planting grants, helps coordinate tree maintenance and stewardship with TreeKeepers and other volunteers and participates in the community outreach and education programs offered by Openlands. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with a background in urban & community forestry and enjoys public engagement. Before coming to Openlands, he was a community forester for Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, a non-profit in St. Louis where he coordinated community tree planting projects, assisted in the management and operation of a community assisted nursery and engage in public outreach and education. A recent transplant to Chicago, he likes to spend time exploring the city’s public green space, water ways, art scene and neighborhoods. Tom earned his B.S. in Urban Forestry and a Minor in Plant Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (MW-5804A).
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