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."

How we got started...

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. 



Ron Yaple

Kieran Yaple

RonAld d. Yaple, Owner and Certified Arborist

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 serves on the New England Grows Expo's Education Committee. He's had a life-long love affair with the natural world finding solace among the trees.

  • MA Certified Arborist #1701
  • MA Pesticide Certification #25012
  • ISA Certified Arborist #NE-0171A
  • CT Licensed Arborist #62525
  • NY Certified Arborist #171-A
  • Commercial Driver's License
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (ISA)
  • NY Pesticide License #C0889251
  • ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist #614
  • MAA Vista Award Recipient April 26th, 2016. 


  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA)
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
  • Connecticut Tree Protective Association (CTPA)
  • American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
  • New York State Arborists Association (NYSAA)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Foresters Association 

2017 Goals:

  • Board Certified Master Arborist




Nathan Redman. 



                       CLIMBER/GROUND CREW

Upon graduating from Mount Everett Regional High School in June 2016,  Nate became a full time employee at Race Mtn.  He spends his afternoons with us learning various aspects of arboriculture from pest management & equipment operation to introduction to current climbing & rigging techniques.

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

  • EHAP Certified

2017 GOALS:

  • Hoisting License 






Steven Larkin. 

Steven Larkin. 




Steven joined Race Mtn. in January 2017 as a full time climber. Steven has extensive training in chainsaw use, chipping & climbing operations and has experience working from the hook of the crane which is one of his favorite places to hang out! Steven is a graduate of Mount Everett High School & has been in the tree & arboriculture field for almost 2 years now and thoroughly enjoys working outdoors. 

  • Hoisting Engineer Class 2A #HE-158396
  • Commercial Driver's License Class A
  • EHAP Certified. 





















Kieran D. Yaple, Certified Arborist & CREW LEADER. 

Introduced to Arboriculture by birth, Kieran was climbing to 30' by age 12.  Kieran has ArborMaster training, earned his Electrical Hazards Awareness Program status, and associated aerial rescue.  He is also trained in First Aid and CPR. 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.

  • MA Certified Arborist #2512
  • ISA Certified Arborist #NE-6892A
  • Commercial Driver's License Class A
  • Hoisting Engineer Class 2A #HE-158396
  • TCIA CTSP #01933
  • Mass Pesticide License #47215


  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA)
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
  • Connecticut Tree Protective Association (CTPA)

2017 Goals:

  • Hoisting License Class 1C
  • Competing New England - Tree Climbing Championships. (Accomplished May 31st, 2014 - 1st time competing placed 2nd in Throw Line & 3rd in Aerial Rescue)






Marco Benitez. 


          MARCO  BENITEZ


Marco joined Race Mtn. in June of 2014 eager to learn how to succeed in the tree care industry. He loves to climb and enjoys challenging work in the outdoors. In his spare time Marco enjoys rock climbing, the outdoors, time with friends & family. 

  • EHAP Certified. 

2017 GOALS:

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Hosting License









Larissa Yaple. 

Larissa Yaple. 




           LARISSA  YAPlE

                            OFFICE MANAGER

Larissa has been back at Race Mtn. since April 2016 when she returned from Boston. Larissa handles day to day operations at the Race Mtn. office & is likely the person you will speak with when you call. She attends seminars, conferences, Arbordays and every day job sites to take photos and keep everyone caffeinated. 

In her spare time, she enjoys weekend trips to Boston, runs with her favorite puppy Zeus & a great cup of coffee. 










Internship Opportunities Available


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