Race Mountain Tree Services, Inc. - Sheffield, MA - Professional Tree Care in The Berkshires, MA, CT, NY

"For the finest professional care of your trees and woody shrubs."

From left to right:  Matthew Wright, Kieran Yaple, Marco Benitez, Ronald Yaple, Nathan Redman & Michael Schmidt.

From left to right:

Matthew Wright, Kieran Yaple, Marco Benitez, Ronald Yaple, Nathan Redman & Michael Schmidt.


For over 35 years Race Mountain Tree Services, Inc. has provided professional tree care to the landscapes of The Berkshires in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

Race Mountain Tree Services, Inc., originally Race Mountain Forest Services, was established in 1977. For 10 years Ron applied his forestry background to forestry consulting, working with private landowners to provide forestry services throughout the greater Berkshire region.  

Through a natural evolution and love of trees Ron began studying the work of Dr. Alex Shigo, attending lectures and reading his books. By 1988 Race Mountain was more involved in tree care than forestry, and over the course of time the path to arboriculture became clear and Race Mountain Tree Services was born.

Over the next few years Ron continued his studies including classes at UMass under the direction of Dr. Dennis Ryan. In 1991 he became a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and a Connecticut Licensed Arborist.

In 1996 we incorporated with the goals of:

  • Providing a broad range of arboricultural services,

  • Involving family in business operations,

  • Leaving a legacy of high quality tree care,

  • Increasing the understanding and appreciation of trees among the public,

  • Sharing what we know and do with the community,

  • Providing a continuum of learning and growth for our employees.

We've gradually grown from a two person crew to a team of 6 full time employees, including four family members; Ron, Veronica,  Kieran, & Larissa.

We hope you consider us for all your tree and woody shrub needs and hope to hear from you soon. 




Our Team



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With an educational background in Forestry, Ron brings applied science and 36 years of field experience to bear on his day-to-day work.  He serves on the Massachusetts Arborists Association’s Certified Arborist Committee and is presently the past-chair. He's taught Arboriculture to landscape design students at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and contributes time to the Sheffield Tree Project and the Berkshire County Arborists Day each November. He has served on the New England Grows Expo's Education Committee and is a current board member with the Sheffield Land Trust.  He's had a life-long love affair with the natural world finding solace among the trees.




Introduced to Arboriculture by birth, Kieran was climbing to 30' by age 12 and is therefore an expert climber.  Kieran has ArborMaster training, earned his Electrical Hazards Awareness Program status, and associated aerial rescue.  He is also trained in First Aid and CPR and has a class A CDL license. He is currently crew leader and runs all day to day operations of the work day. He has plans to take over the business in the near future.  

He has contributed time to Sheffield Tree Project, Berkshire County Arborists Day, St. Mary’s School Arbor Day and Indoor Lab, The Mount and more.




Michael joined the Race Mtn. team in early March 2018. He graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts, Biology, and German studies in 2017. Almost immediately after being hired, Michael obtained his MA & NY State Pesticide Licenses and showed early signs of a go-getter work ethic!  Michael has been instrumental in providing our customers with great Plant Health care knowledge and work this season and we look forward to having him on board as we expand our Plant Health Care team and continue to educate our clients in the best practices for beautiful, healthy landscapes! 




Matthew is the newest member of the Race Mt. team. He joined us in August 2018 as a certified EMT who enjoys working in the outdoors and is mechanically savvy with equipment. Matt is a volunteer EMT and Firefighter with the town of New Marlborough since 2013 and brings an eagerness to learn more to work everyday. Shortly after joining the team, in winter 2018 Matt obtained his Class A CDL license and has showed interest in expanding his knowledge & credentials in Arboriculture practices.




Marco joined Race Mtn. in June of 2014 eager to learn how to succeed in the tree care industry. Marco has a great work ethic and jumps at the opportunity to take on a good climbing challenge. Marco has been a very important part of our team these past 4 years and we appreciate his efforts to continue to learn, and be a dedicated, hard worker.  He loves to rock & tree climb and enjoys time in the outdoors with friends & family. 






Upon graduating from Mount Everett Regional High School in June 2016, Nate became a full time employee at Race Mtn. Nate has advanced from an intern to a climber, expert groundsman, and equipment manager in a short few years; He has taken his knowledge of various aspects of arboriculture,  pest management, equipment operation, and climbing to become an instrumental part of the Race Mtn. team. In winter 2018 Nate obtained his class A CDL license!

In is spare time he enjoys hunting, camping, & fishing.




Larissa returned to Race Mtn. in 2016 from a 4 year exploration & work hiatus in Boston. She ran the office for 2 years and is now in a transition phase of working toward some long term goals Race Mtn. has to progress as a company & employer. She works closely with Ron, the crew & the office to achieve long term success, training & planning for the future generation of Race Mtn.


Race Mountain Tree Services, Inc. P.O. Box 603 Sheffield, MA 01257 (413) 229-2728