Michael P. Young is a California native. His understanding of the state’s environment is both innate and academic. He founded Urban Tree Management in 1995, three years after graduating with honors from U.C. Berkeley. He concentrated his studies on Environmental Policy, Law and Ecology while earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Natural Resources. He is a certified arborist and a state licensed contractor with more than 26 years experience managing the San Francisco Bay Area’s unique landscapes. Mr. Young is a leading expert in Bay Area tree management and has advised the public on tree evaluation and tree failure during storms. He is frequently consulted by the media and as an expert in court trials. He currently serves on the Horticulture Advisory Board at Foothill College in Los Altos. He has been teaching for more than 14 years on topics that include preserving native oaks, landscape design, pruning, horticultural practices, and small business management. Mr. Young is a lead volunteer for several Bay Area tree planting and advocacy groups.