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Our Story

Founder of Gallatin Tree Care, Scott Makoutz, is an certified arborist though the International Society of Arboriculture and a consulting arborist and is a Member of The  American Society of Consulting Arborists. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in plant biology in 2003, at Montana State University in Bozeman. He worked in the outdoor education and youth development fields for a few years before starting Gallatin Tree Care LLC. in 2007.

Gallatin Tree Care specializes in natural approaches to tree health and performs all services in the arbor-care field with an emphasis on exceptional customer service.

Scott has a deep appreciation for the Gallatin Valley, both as a place to grow his business and a place to raise a family. Outside of work Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi,  daughters Clara and Frances. He is dedicated to giving back to the community and a commitment to social justice. He volunteers as a CAP mentor for Thrive, and as the facilities chair at Resurrection University Catholic Parish. Scott uses GTC to build our community by donating services and money to local nonprofits.

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Our Values

Gallatin Tree Care is committed to supporting and adding to the community of Bozeman though the art of arboriculture. We are passionate about the people and families in Bozeman and surrounding areas. We often donate our services and make donations  to non-profits doing good work, most recently Thrive and Reach inc.   We believe in buying local, especially food and being conscious of where our money is spent. Look for us at Bozeman’s and surrounding areas community events and local happenings. If you are a non-profit please contact Gallatin Tree Care to see how we might be of service to your organization. 

Gallatin Tree Care believes in paying its employees a living wage. Our arborist and ground crew are paid almost double that of other local tree services. By doing this, we have a high level of professionalism and costumer service but also we enable our employees to develop their passions in life though the art of arboriculture. Meaning, they are able to donate their time and talents to causes they believe in with GTC as a vehicle. For example, in the fall of 2013 GTC was pruning trees for Reach inc. free of charge and Duncan, our lead arborist and operations manager, donated his time to GTC to further the mission.

GTC does not have pricey ads in phone books, or even a marketing budget for that matter. We believe our quality of work and our involvement in the community of Bozeman will encourage customers to  “buy in” to our philosophy of business. By choosing GTC for your arboriculture needs, you are choosing to have your trees cared for in the highest possible degree while also bettering your community.

Thrive is a community-based organization established in 1986. At the heart of Thrive lies a preventative, strength-based, empowerment model of working with parents and children. We provide families with the resources, tools, and support to raise healthy, successful children. Our programs have been developed using evidence-based practices, adapted to meet local community needs, and rigorously evaluated to ensure program efficacy. Thrive has developed critical community partnerships built on sharing design, implementation, management, evaluation, financial resources, and responsibilities for programs. This approach, which has the success of the child at its center, results in the highest quality services, maximizes scarce resources, and has a powerful impact on outcomes for children. find out more at www.allthrive.org 
Reach Inc. is a local, private, non-profit organization that’s been providing services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1974. Our mission is to empower the people we serve to attain their individual goals and aspirations. find out more at www.reachinc.org
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Meet our Team

Duncan McGovern

Duncan McGovern

Operations Manager and Lead Arborist

Duncan McGovern is a certified arborist and has been with Gallatin Tree Care for three years. After graduating from Whitman College is 2010, he began working for a local tree service in his hometown of Peterborough, NH before moving to Bozeman. Growing up in a small, tree-filled town in New England gave him an appreciation for the importance of trees in any community, and he enjoys the daily work of improving homes, workplaces, and public spaces through his work on trees. When not at work, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including skiing and mountain biking.

Eric Trinward

Eric Trinward

Arborist Support, Head of Grounds Crew and fabricator

Eric is originally from Maine, moving to Bozeman in 2013. Ask him about Maine and you will learn all about it, that is if you can understand what he is saying thought his thick accent.