The Foothill Legacy

Foothill Tree Service, Placerville CA

Foothill Tree Service was established in 1965 by James Dykstra and remains a family owned business to this day.

Jim in the 60's

Our Dad, Jim, moved from Idaho to Placerville, California in 1965. At that time he was working as a General Foreman doing commercial line clearance for PG&E. It was his responsibility to run many crews safely – without injury to his men or property damage for the client.

Before long though, he recognized a need in the residential sector and founded Foothill Tree Service. It started small – just a side business on the weekend, but when those first clients recognized that Jim looked after them like friends- they became life-long clients.

The clientele steadily grew. Though Jim didn’t realize it at the time, he had started a legacy – one of safety, of education and of care for our clients

Fifty years later, Foothill Tree Service is still being run by Jim’s family, and still operates with the motto: “Treat our Clients as Friends, and our Employees as Family.” If something goes wrong, WE WILL MAKE IT RIGHT. It is our standard to make sure you’re completely satisfied and we will never offer a service that you don’t need.

Meet Our Staff

James (Jim) Dykstra


Jim Dysktra is an ISA Certified Arborist, with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (T.R.A.Q.) and a proud member of T.C.I.A., so when he comes to your property, you can be assured that he is sharing the most up to date, scientific knowledge available in the tree care industry and that he will perform the work safely around your home. His training started at Asplundh Tree, and after a few years, he had worked his way up to General Foreman. He oversaw the entire tree budget, including Transmission lines, Distribution & all Hydro for PG&E. He oversaw up to 50+ crew members, all operating safely.

He was continually rewarded for operating without injuries to his crews or damage to properties.  He has brought these honed-in professional skills and the same safe & responsible work ethic here at Foothill Tree Service. After more than 50 years in the industry, Jim is semi-retired now offering wise counsel to the next generation as a valuable member of the board.

Chad Dykstra

CEO, Certified Consulting Arborist

Chad learned the tree care business & culture from his father Jim and is a rich source of knowledge when it comes to the tree care industry. Chad is the qualifying officer for Foothill’s C-27 landscape contractor’s license and is proud that Foothill Tree properly installs hundreds of trees each year for our customers.

He is an ISA Certified Arborist, with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He has expertise in tree health evaluation and risk assessment as well as tree appraisal, fire loss valuations, all types of tree related insurance claims and works as a consulting forensic expert. As of 2017, Chad is officially the owner of Foothill Tree Service and is excited about all of the opportunities the company is pursuing.

Brent Willingham

Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP)

Brent is originally from San Antonio, Texas.  He has over 12 years experience in the tree care industry and is an Arborist apprentice.  He is a certified tree safety professional and is a certified expert chainsaw trainer.

Fun fact about Brent is the biggest tree he felled was a 300 year old dead Sugar Pine.  It was 120 ft tall and 8 ft in diameter.

Chris Sanchez

Chris Sanchez, Certified Sales Arborist

Chis is originally from Georgetown, CA.  He has been in the tree care industry for 16 years and has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2008.  His favorite part about his job is sharing his knowledge about trees with our customers.

Fun Fact about Chris is his first words were “Pretty Tree”.

Tom Koker

Plant Health Care Manager

Elizabeth (Ellie) Zink

Production Manager

Jaymee Aldridge

HR Specialist

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