You can hire Asheville Arborists with confidence!

  • We are fully licensed and insured

  • Safety is our highest priority

  • We comply with industry regulations and standards

  • Our modern, professional equipment allows us to work efficiently and safely on your property

Nich Maidment


Trees have always been an integral part in Nich’s life, our owner.  As a young child, he spent Sunday afternoons with his dad climbing the pine trees in his yard.  His interest continued to grow through college.  At Clemson, he realized the potential for a career working with trees. While studying horticulture, he signed up for the ‘Tree Climbing Class’. During this class he realized the potential of turning his passion for trees into a career. He graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Urban Forestry.  Nich spent a semester studying Urban Forestry in England where he learned the English way of urban tree preservation in a densely populated country.

Nich spent the next several years working for different companies where he was able to continue his path in arboriculture.  As he continuously strived to improve his climbing and rigging skills, he achieved his certification as an Arborist and Tree Climber from the ISA.  Nich has competed in ISA’s International Tree Climbing competitions for the last 3 years and He is looking forward to becoming a Board Certified Master Arborist in the near future.

In his leisure time Nich enjoys hiking and paddling with his wife Amy, and his dog Cedar. Recently he began a new hobby in wood turning, where he is able to re-use some of the unique woods that he harvests during tree removal.

Andrew Lawson

Andrew graduated from Western Carolina University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Management.

He joined the Asheville Arborists team in 2016 and has since achieved his ISA  Arborist, and Electrical Hazard Awareness certifications. He is also credentialed as a Wilderness First Responder.

A North Carolina native, Andrew is an avid sportsman and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Jake Handley

Jake was born in San Luis Obispo, California and grew up in Mt. Dora, Florida. He attended Mt. Dora High School where he played varsity soccer for 3 years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History in 2011.


He subsequently got a job working in the rope access industry which he has done for the past 5 yrs. Asheville Arborists welcomed Jake to the team in July 2017. Jake is currently working towards his ISA Arborist Certification.

Billy Barbour

Billy was born in North Hollywood, CA where he spent some time as a Forestry student at Bakersfield College. He moved to Iowa City where he began his arboriculture career in 2011.


Billy is the newest addition to Asheville Arborists and joined the team in September 2017. He has recently attained his ISA-Certified Arborist Certification, and is excited to be working towards numerous credentials.

In his free time, Billy enjoys blowing glass.

Maria Tranguch

Maria joined Asheville Arborists in January of 2019 after moving from Philadelphia, PA.  She is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist, and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists with over 12 years of experience in the environmental field.  She performs sales and works as a climbing arborist for Asheville Arborists and she is a Consulting Arborist for her company, Legacy Land Consulting.


Maria navigated to Arboriculture from City and Environmental Planning, so she brings a unique background to properties with a broad community-wide view.  Ever since she formally stepped into Arboriculture she has planned on combining these two passions toward urban forestry work with municipalities, institutions, and land owners.


When Maria isn’t on a client’s property to climb or consult she is often climbing competitively or teaching other women how to climb through the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop.  Maria is the former female Champion of the PennDel Chapter of the ISA and she recently finished as the 4th overall female in the North American Tree Climbing Competition.