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Lynne Picker at Morton Arboretum, Chicago
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Tim Swedberg at the family business Swedberg Nursery, est. 1915 by Swedish immigrant Uncle Jake Swedberg
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Bob Swedberg in 1991
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Don Picker, Journeyman Climber & Utility Line Clearance Crew Leader for Wright Tree Service at 26 years old in Rockford IL 1982
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Picker Tree Experts Ltd. 1983-1989... www.pickertreeexperts.com www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Hazardous Tree Removal in Chicago
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Picker with Hiab Swedish log-lift truck & firewood yard for winter sales in cold Illinois.
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The kids Jon and Anna have always been involved in the tree work with Dad! Now Jon climbs with dad for www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Don’s nephew Michael also learned the tree business as part of PTE.
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Pickers researched the slash & burn lifestyles of the Yao people of the mountains of south China.
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Picker was already in Hong Kong in 1990 pruning trees and doing tree care. (here pictured at 23 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong, HK).
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Jonathan Picker has been climbing for the family business since 2000. He is now a Certified Arborist and Tree Worker-Climber Specialist for ATP in Asia.
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Don (center) son Jon (left) and nephew, Andrew (right) Family of Treemen in 2003
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Don back in the saddle again 2001
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Don’s first training for China Light & Power (CLP) of Hong Kong in August 2003 (Cantonese) www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Besides Hong Kong we have a home in Yunnan, Kunming bordered by Vietnam and Laos to the south, Guizhou and Guangxi to the east, Myanmar to the west and Sichuan and Tibet in the north.
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Chinese news about Vegetation Management (VM) training for the China Light & Power Co. of Hong Kong. (Aug/2003)
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Very large trees at Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)... training.
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Dr. Bill Fountain, Don Picker and Jon Picker training a group at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) Jan. 2007.
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Don Picker and Dr. Bill Fountain at FRIM www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Don assisted as Protor at the first HK Certified Arborist Exam in the summer of 2005. (first Arborists pictured)
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Don & Jeff provided climbing demonstrations and lecture at the 2006 Hong Kong Flower Show. www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Jeffrey Legue of ATP (right) received an early Certified Arborist credential from the ISA in 1992 while managing Picker Tree Experts I after it was sold.
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Don travels to Asian Arboretums and Forests when ever possible... watch for Aboriculture Tour Packages soon to come! www.asiatreepreservation.com
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Don touches the big ancient trees in Tian Mu Shan "Heavenly Forest" in western Zhejiang Province (120 kilometers from Shanghai)
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Don was trainer and helped to develop the Certified Tree Worker program in Hong Kong. (proctoring for first exam; January 2006)
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Don’s grand-daughter Alysa Ruth Picker Ralston is the next generation of climber in the Picker family
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Don has degrees in Cross-cultural communications with an emphasis in Social Research and Applied Linguistics... so he loves to spend time in the mountains of southern China with the poorest peoples from diverse cultures...
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Pickers were recognized for their research and development work with the Yao people in the early 1990s... (worked for CAMA Services HK, Cooperative Academic & Medical Assistance)
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Don at the Royal Princess of Thailand Botanic Gardens in Chiang Mai northern Thailand. Don is presently the Chairman of the International Safety Committee of the ISA.