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Russell Hodge has been involved in the tree care industry for 31 years, and is from a family that has been in the industry for over 65 years.  He is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Society of Arboriculture - (ISA)
  • Indiana Arborist Association - (IAA)
  • Indiana Urban Forestry Council - (IUFC)
  • Society of Municipal Arborists - (SMA)
  • Society of Commercial Arboriculture - (SCA)
  • Northwestern Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Lake County Tree Releaf
  • Serves on the City of Crown Point Tree Board
  • Serves on the Industry & Public Relations Committee for ISA
  • Serves on the Public Relations Committee for IAA
  • Serves on the Indiana Emerald Ash Borer Task Force
  • Serves as Urban Forestry Consultant for the City of Hobart


  • Statewide Indiana Master Gardeners Convention
  • “Marketing Your Credential” Workshop conducted for multiple ISA Chapters across US
  • National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Wood Waste Utilization Conference”
  • Course Instructor for the Indiana “Tree Steward Program”
  • Course Instructor for Indiana’s “Local Technical Assistance Program” (LTAP)
  • Speaker for Master Gardener chapters throughout the state of Indiana
  • “Urban Tree Care Workshops” across the State of Indiana
  • Local garden clubs


  • The Northwest Indiana Times
  • The Michigan City News-Dispatch
  • 3-Part Series in Arborist News Magazine
  • City Trees Magazine
  • The monthly newsletter for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
  • The quarterly newsletter of TalTree Arboretum

Russell Hodge is an ISA Certified Arborist #IN-1486A.  He is also a tree appraiser, a state certified pesticide applicator for trees and shrubs (3a), and was a corporate tree crew safety trainer for 7 years.  In 2004, he started the formation of an “Urban Tree Care Workshop” in cooperation with the Purdue Extension Service.  These workshops have been conducted throughout the State of Indiana.

Serving the Lake County Indiana communities of:
Munster, Highland, Griffith, Hammond, Whiting, Schererville, Dyer, St. John, Cedar Lake, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hobart, Lake Station, Miller Beach, Lowell
Serving the Porter County Indiana communities of:
Portage, Ogden Dunes, Dune Acres, Porter, Chesterton, Beverly Shores, Valparaiso, South Haven, Lakes of the Four Seasons, Hebron, Winfield





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