“I was taught how to prune trees by my grandmother at their small household sized orchard in rural Vermont. When I moved to Denver 26 years ago I worked for a local tree business and then started my own company. When my son was born I needed work that offered health care/insurance and was more stable economically.

“So I pursued government work; working for the City of Brighton as their City Forester/Horticulturalist for 2 years, then as a Forestry Technician with the Metro Districts of Highlands Ranch for 5 1/2 yrs., then as a Forestry Tree Worker for the City of Westminster for 2 years and finally the City and County of Denver as an Arboreal Inspector for 11 1/2 years. I’ve basically worked in every facet of the tree care industry over the past 25+ years.”

Ted Tompkins


Why “abenaki”?

Ted is part Abenaki. Abenaki is one of the smaller tribes that make up the larger collection of tribes known as Penobscot. Think Dakota, Lakota and Nakota compromise the Sioux. Ted’s first tree business was called Fornax Tree Service. He decided not to resurrect that name as he later learned that it means Goddess of the Ovens.

Ted has spent time some of the Sioux reservations in South Dakota dropping off supplies and attending sweat lodges. He says that he has always felt a kinship with Native Americans, their plight, and their story. Ted would start collecting donations to bring up to the reservation. The tree business can potentially help with that as it allows him to reach folks close to him in the community.