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Fred Paasch

Fred Paasch
Retired Arborist
Dane County Land & Water Resources Parks Division

5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718

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  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from UW-Oshkosh many years ago, Fred Paasch relocated to Madison and soon began on a path toward a 31-year career as a Arborist. Fred first began working a seasonal job with a tree/landscape/nursery company and found that he really enjoyed being outdoors, working physically and caring for plants. During a layoff he found a temp job at Dane County Parks planting trees in late fall. He went back to the Parks the next spring and just a few months later was hired fulltime as a forestry worker. Fred began taking as many relevant University Extension classes as he could find and joined the Wisconsin Arborist Association and passed the exam qualifying him to become a Certified Arborist. Shortly after, the Parks reclassified his position to Arborist. Fred has also done seasonal forestry work with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and the City of Madison. Although he’s now officially retired, Fred continues to be open for jobs in his field that peak his interest and keep developing his skills.

What began as a seasonal job working for a nursery and landscaping company evolved into a more than 30-year career as a Certified Arborist for Fred Paasch. So what is the difference between a forester and an arborist? Fred explains the differences and outlines the various pathways into the field of arboriculture. From the on-the-job experience to a four-year college degree, there are many ways to become an Arborist and make your love of trees and plants part of a fulfilling career. (Running Time 22:50)