Citizens must live in a healthy environment, so town government will protect watersheds, trees, air quality, and other elements of the town’s ecology.
Meet the Town of Davidson's Certified Arborist!
Andrew Sileo joined the Town of Davidson as its arborist in the fall of 2023.
The Town of Davidson Arborist serves as the expert for all of the town’s municipal tree efforts, arboriculture (the cultivation of trees and shrubs), public tree planting and management, tree removal, and urban forest management, including development and interpretation of the town’s tree ordinance regulations. They are also charged with leading community outreach efforts, building partnerships, and coordinating public education.
Andrew is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, a certified plant professional with the North Carolina Nursery Landscape Association and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mount Olive in agricultural productions. Andrew has been professionally in arboriculture for over six years. As the Town Arborist, Andrew is excited to help diversify the Town’s tree community and help establish a stronger, healthier, more sustainable urban forest. He looks forward to knowing the town better and educating our community about the importance of proper tree care.
Contact the Town's arborist
704-940-9651, ext. 195 (office)
What does an arborist do?
An arborist's job is more generalized than a tree service technician, as arborists care for the health of the entire tree, much like that of a general practitioner. By nature of the job, an arborist studies the structure and function of trees - things like growth, cultivation, reactions to pruning, diseases, de-compartmentalization of decay, and all the various aspects of tree surgery. An arborist is also interested in the management and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other woody plants.
Davidson's arborist provides leadership for the Town's:
- Arboriculture, the cultivation of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to include, but is not limited to, propagating, transplanting, pruning, application of fertilizer and disease controlling chemicals, and removing trees,
- Plant healthcare, Integrated Pest Management (IPM),
- Global Information System (GIS) for tree inventory,
- Related land use permitting,
- Tree management, and
- Community tree programs.