Our history

You might say trees are in our blood. You might even say we "have sawdust in our veins". Owner James Glenn's family has been working with, and demonstrating their love for trees for three generations.

James had his passion for trees and tree work instilled upon him by his father, Travis. His father left Daveys Tree Service in 1970 to start his own tree service, Quality Tree Care.

James's earliest memories are of his father and the sound of a chainsaw. Throughout his formative years, James learned a lot about trees - from the different species, to their role in nature, to how to cut one so that it could twist and fall directly on a tin can (Thanks, Dad).

In 2002, James relocated to the East Coast. He had never seen so many trees in his life. At the time, he worked for a large corporate firm, from which he is thankful to have learned many of the skills that he still uses today. But the one lesson he learned that he will never forget is that there is nothing like a family-owned business. His heartstrings called him home.

As a second generation Idahoan, his love for this area and its land called him back in 2009 from the East Coast. James and his wife, Kate, started their company shortly thereafter. Living in the Boise area, "The Land of Trees", it was hard to not think about tree work, and environmental impact and improvement. James grew up seeing the old methods, and knew he could look into better ways. Through on-the-ground research, classes, and continuing education on leading-edge industry standards and methods, we have pushed ourselves to the forefront of a sustainable, environmentally-friendly industry.

We think learning, innovation and community is incredibly important, which is why you might see our trucks at schools around town, or participating in continued technical training, or even helping with fire abatement (James is a wildland fire contractor). Our community is our business. We like to tell you to call A Cut Above Tree Service for all your tree work in Boise and Star, ID because we love your trees, just like you do.