James Melton was Supervisor and Employee Trainer at Berkelhammer Tree Experts. He started with the company in 2007.
James grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before becoming an arborist, he raced mountain bikes, and led bike tours across the Western United States.
James has been a Certified Arborist since 2000. He worked for West Fork Nursery, and then took a position as crew foreman with the Wright Tree Company, a line clearance contractor. Wright moved James to the Boulder mountain region, and he has been climbing and working on trees here ever since. He also worked at Parker Tree and spent three years as a supervisor at Magnolia Tree in Boulder. He joined Berkelhammer Tree as a climber/foreman in the spring of 2007.
James has been a high-level competitive tree climber for over a decade. His best finish was Second in the 1999 Midwest Chapter Masters Challenge. He is an avid backpacker, fly fisherman, and recreational tree climber. James lives in Longmont, CO.