Russell Hodge, Certified Arborist #IN-1486A, has been a Northwest Indiana resident all of his life. He is a member of the following organizations: International Society of Arboriculture, Society of Municipal Arborist, Society of Commercial Arboriculture, the Indiana Arborist Association, he is on the Board of Directors for Lake County Tree Releaf, a past State Certified Pesticide Applicator for Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, an Accredited tree appraiser, and he is also an ISA Certified Arborist. He has been involved in the tree care industry for over 25 years.

Russell writes a monthly arborist column that is published in The Times- Home and Garden Section, and in the Michigan City News-Dispatch Sunday life style section