My name is Ben. I am somewhat new around here. New in the sense that I am becoming more active after seeing the real value that this community has to offer. Many thanks for that! I am a Certified Arborist and climber out of Eastern Washington, recently moved to Central Illinois (yes, I know, that is quite the jump). With this move I’ve the desire be more involved in the tree community and go into business for myself. I have been climbing about 6 years now and I feel very fortunate to have been trained by some very good Arborists. If anyone is in the Springfield to St. Louis area, I’d love to get in touch! And I look forward to getting to know more of you. I tend to be more of an observer but by no means an outsider. Thanks again for this invaluable resource!