where the arborist does the work, not just the bid

Woodpecker Arborist was created by Brian McGovern with his wife Heather to provide tree care for people in the South Bay Area that really care about trees and want to understand them better. By balancing the “Wants & Needs” of the Client, the Tree, and the Community, Brian creates a realistic expectation of how to care for trees in a vast array of urban scenarios.

about us

Brian has over 30 years of experience evaluating, diagnosing, climbing, and caring for trees. He has been I.S.A. Certified Arborist #WE-0958A since 1992, is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, Licensed California Contractor, #770742, has completed TCIA’s Tree Care Specialist & Electrical Hazard Awareness Program Certifications, and has been an I.S.A. Certified Tree Worker.


With his extensive experience climbing, pruning, & evaluating trees, Brian has developed his talent for reading a tree's history just from how it grows. Using this talent he examines the tree's situation, discusses it with the homeowner and then provides a high quality tree assessment.

expert witness

Brian is not only an accomplished climber, pruner, and certified arborist, but also provides services as an expert witness regarding trees. He has been called upon to provide his opinion regarding damages due to neighbor trespass, tree root intrusion, and tree valuation by insurance companies, attorneys, and home owners.


Anyone can cut down a tree, but with a wisdom that only comes from an education and decades of directly caring for trees, Brian has become the "go-to guy" for his clients pruning needs. He is not afraid to provide unique solutions to maintain a tree others have condemned.

currently not accepting new clients

Unfortunately, we are unable to take on any new clients. We are currently only able to provide services for those that have used us in the past. We are sorry for any inconvience, but would like to offer a solution. Click the “find an arborist” button and you will be directed to ISA’s “Find an Arborist” page to search for another ISA certified arborist by zipcode.

Reviews from our clients

I’ve had Brian trim, remove, and plant trees, as well as remove stumps on two properties. Brian cares sincerely about the health of your trees and takes that into account when scheduling trimming and planting. To boot, Heather has excellent customer service skills and is a joy to work with.

mary f.

This husband and wife team are awesome! They are knowledgable, hard-working, and do an excellent job all around! They really know their trees and what they are doing!

ann h.

contact us

If you have a unique situation or would like to contact us, feel free to fill out this form, email, or call. We will try to do our best to help you and your trees.

– Brian & Heather