Forest City Tree
Protection Co.

a lanphear service

(440) 421-9589

Tom Mugridge, General Manager FCT

THOMAS J. MUGRIDGE – General Manager


General Manager


John Carroll University - University Heights, OH 1982

B.S. Psychology


Forest City Tree Protection Co., Inc. Mayfield Village, OH

I began working in the summer of 1968 in the nursery learning weed control and basic plant care, going out to help on a crew when needed.

Subsequent summers during high school my principal work was helping on a spray or trim crew. In my senior year of high school (1972) I was put in charge of the vertical mulching crew (a method of tree fertilization). I also began learning climbing skills that summer, along with more training in spray and fertilization techniques.

After a brief hiatus, I returned to regular employment in April 1976, performing all phases of tree care. I became a foreman in 1977, was promoted to Operations Manager in 1982 shortly after receiving my college degree, and to General Manager in 1989.


American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), since 1990.

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) - both the Ohio Chapter and International, since 1983.

Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) – formerly the National Arborist Association

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA)

Society of Commercial Arboriculture (SCA)

Board of Directors of Scenic Ohio (formerly Ohio Roadside Council) and their representative to the Ohio Chapter ISA, since 1983 to 2013; Currently serving as an Advisor to Scenic Ohio.

Cleveland Botanical Garden/Holden Arboretum


Awards Committee, 1988 to 1992

Commercial Arborist Committee, 1990

Nominating Committee, 1994

Long-Range Planning Committee, 1994

Membership Committee, 1995 & 1996


ASCABylaws Committee: 1999

ASCA's representative to the ANSI A300 Committee, 2001 – 2007

ASCA ANSI A300 Standards Review Committee: 2012 - October 2013

ISA Membership Committee: 2001 – 2004

ISA Membership Committee: Chairman, 2004 – 2010

ISA Membership Committee: Advisor, 2010 – present

ISA Ad Hoc Conference Site Selection Committee: 2006 - 2007

ISA BMP (Best Management Practices) Review Committee for Tree Risk Assessment: 2011 - 2012

ISA BMP Review Committee for Tree Lightning Protection Systems 2014

ISA BMP Review Committee for Management of Trees and Shrubs During Site Planning, Site Development and Construction 2014

TCIA's representative to ANSI A300 Committee: October 2013 to present


Ohio Chapter ISA - Board of Directors: 1989 - 1991

Ohio Chapter ISA - Vice-president: 1992

Ohio Chapter ISA - President: 1993

SCA Board of Directors: August 2000 – August 2006

SCA President-Elect: August 2006

SCA President: August 2008 (2-year term)

SCA Immediate Past President: August 2010 - 2012

ASCA Board of Directors: 2004 – 2006

ASCA President-Elect: 2006

ASCA President: 2007 - 2008

ASCA Immediate Past President: 2008 - 2009


Member of the Hillcrest Rotary Club of Cleveland since July 1985; Positions held:

Sergeant-at-arms, July 1986 to June 1987; July 1995 - June 1996; July 1999 - June 2000

Program chairman, November 1987 to June 1988; July 1992 to June 1994; July 2002 to June 2003

Club Secretary, July 1988 to June 1990

Club President-elect, July 1990 to June 1991

Club President, July 1991 to June 1992

Director of Club Service, July 2000 to June 2002

Chair of the club’s major fund-raiser, “A Taste of Hillcrest” – 2005 to present

Awards Received

ISA Arborist of the year 2014

ISA Honorary Life Membership Award of Distinction 2012

Rotarian of the Year 1995 and 2007 - Rotary Club of Hillcrest (Cleveland)

Rotary District Governor's Appreciation Award 2007 - Rotary District 6630


Tree Appraisal - 1985

Trees, People and the Law - 1985

Knots, Ropes & Rigging - 1987

Evaluating Trees and Damages to Trees - 1987

Hazard Trees - January 1991, in Columbus Ohio

Tree Evaluation - January 1992, in Columbus Ohio

Tree Evaluation - January 1993, in Columbus Ohio

Other Educational Seminars (various sponsors):

Dutch Elm Disease - Canada, 1979

Hydraulic Sprayer Application & Calibration – 1984, 1985

Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab - 1986

Tree Fertilization - 1987

Construction Damage to Trees – October, 1988, Syracuse NY

Estimator's Workshop - November 1994, in Philadelphia, PA; sponsored by the National Arborist Association.

MFPA (Michigan Forestry and Park Association) Feb 21 and 22, 2005

Gave 4 presentations regarding the ANSI A300 Standards (Pruning, Tree Support Systems, and Fertilization)

Angie's List Super Service Award Winner 2015 Better Business Bureau Accredited Business Certified Arborist International Society of Arboriculture Member International Society of Commercial Arboriculture Member Ohio Landscape Association Member Tree Care Industry Association Landscape Industry Certified Tree Care Specialist & Arborist
Forest City Tree Protection Company, A Lanphear Service

731 Beta Drive – Suite E – Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143 – (440) 421-9589