WCA logoHere at West Coast Arborists, we constantly strive to reach new levels in tree care. Over the years, this mindset has evolved into obtaining the proper Federal Aviation Administration training to become the go-to tree maintenance company for helicopter removals in California. 

Most recently, our crew joined forces with San Diego Canyonlands to complete an aerial removal of 284 invasive palm trees out of San Diego’s Navajo Canyon. 

After 3 months of cutting preparation by the San Diego Canyonlands Field Crew, our team of arborists successfully felled the palm trees, each in challenging, remote locations weighing between 450 and 4,500 pounds each. These invasive palms became a threat to the canyon’s native landscape by outcompeting the natives for both water and nutrients. This fact drove the need for immediate removal while taking the necessary precautions to reduce impacts to surrounding vegetation, including intentional trail cutting for easy access to the palms. Our crew and the helicopter team safely and efficiently removed these palm trees from the canyon, all while minimizing damage to the surrounding vegetation. 

West Coast Arborists has completed over 12 helicopter removal jobs, 6 on behalf of San Diego Canyonlands. This removal marked phase one for Navajo Canyon, with the second phase being executed by our crew in fall 2024.

For more information on West Coast Arborists’s services and aerial work, visit westcoastarborists.com/services