Alumnus arborist comfortable up in a tree, despite fear of heights
Ozaukee Press

By Carol Pomeday

It’s not often the subject is 50 feet up in a tree when giving an interview. 

But that’s where Jon Crain, the City of Port Washington’s arborist and the only member of his staff trained to climb trees, is comfortable. 

As he talked, occasionally swinging in his tethered saddle, Crain, who was equipped with a chainsaw, pole saw and a hand saw, pruned a large willow in the front yard of his Port home. That morning, he helped a friend plant trees.

Crain loves trees. 

That’s why he decided to major in urban forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, even though he is afraid of heights.



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