Meet the Team

Specializing in expert tree care, ecologically-based forestry, consulting, and habitat restoration services throughout the San Juan Islands.

Rain Shadow Consulting, founded in 2005, provides an array of tree care, environmental, and forestry services. With Waldron roots and a five-year residence on Shaw, Rain Shadow opened their current office in Eastsound in 2012.

Carson Sprenger

Carson Sprenger, Director

Forester/Restoration Ecologist/Fire Ecologist

M.S. Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
B.S. Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College

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Carson Sprenger is a forester and restoration ecologist with 20 years of experience working in the forests of the San Juan Islands. He has 8 years of experience conducting ecological research and is a local expert on historical fires and pre-contact forest structure. Carson specializes in conservation/forest management planning, forest restoration design, forest inventory, design of fuel reduction treatments, and tree health assessments. With professional experience in rigging, hazard tree removal, and large scale tree thinning, he has a keen understanding of on-the-ground project management.

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Michael Case

Forest Ecologist, Climate Change Scientist

Ph.D. Climate change and forest ecology, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW
M.S. Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources, UW
B.S. Forest Management, Environmental Law, University of Wisconsin

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Having completed a tree growth and climate-focused Masters degree at the College of Forest Resources (UW) in 2004, Michael worked as a Research Scientist for World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) International Climate Change Program for nearly 5 years. Michael is currently finishing his Ph.D., focusing his research on a climate change vulnerability assessment of key tree species in the region and improving models of vegetation distribution. Michael officially joined the Rain Shadow team in 2011 and applies his experience to forest management and conservation projects.

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Colin Blevins

Foreman/ISA Certified Arborist

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Colin began working for Rain Shadow in 2015, learning his trade as an arborist with Skyline Tree Care.  In the first part of 2018 Colin became our General Foreman as well as passing his ISA Certified Arborist exam. He was born and raised on San Juan Island where he began working with trees in 2010 but has since moved to Orcas. When he’s not climbing in the amazing forests of the San Juans, he is either mountain biking, working on trails, or traveling the world.

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Galen Boydston

Field Technician/ISA Certified Arborist

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Galen began working for Rain Shadow soon after he completed his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College in 2010. Galen’s passion for arboriculture and outdoor conservation work is drawn from not only his academic work but also from his upbringing on Waldron Island (3rd generation). He has worked on research and fishing boats throughout Puget Sound and Alaska. Galen is a Certified Arborist (through the International Society of Arboriculture) and lives with his wife Rachel, 2 children and canine pal Nootka in Olga.

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Kristina Bender

Office Manager

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Kristina became our Office Manager in the Spring of 2018. She is a grandchild of some of the original Orcas Island founding families, Culver and Willis.  Her previous experiences include working for the United States Military Foreign Language Training Centers as a Project Manager, developing language programs for the Special Forces and other military groups.  She has an extensive background in business management, human resources and bookkeeping. She spends copious amounts of her free time volunteering for public outreach programs all over Washington State. Due to her extensive amounts of community service she competed and held the 2018-2019 Miss Washington Woman title. She recently got married to Nicholas Bender, one of our friendly San Juan Propane Service Techs. Between them both they have one daughter and two sons. In the rest of her spare time she travels all over to compete in Powwow Tribal Dancing as she is part Tlingit (Alaskan Native) and Oglala Sioux.

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Xoe (Zoey) Chue

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Captain Xoe Chue has been with us full-time since Fall of 2018. She is a graduate of Western Washington University, a Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest naturalist and native. She has a background working in farming, landscaping, managing plant nurseries from Washington to Panama, boat building and maintenance, carpentry, charter fishing, sustainability, and off-grid energy systems. Her free time is filled with playing music, hiking with Olive her dog, fishing, sailing, traveling, surfing, and writing.

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Jeff Richardson

Utility Line Clearance Specialist

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Jeff Richardson started with us full time in the Fall of 2019.  He has been climbing trees since he was a little kid, and just can’t get enough of it.  His is an ISA certified Arborist since 2011, and ISA certified Utility Arborist since 2013.   Jeff graduated community college with his AAS in Renewable Energy and started on an industrial climbing wind generator career path, but jumped back  into to the trees.  He has worked on whale watching and snorkel tours sailboats in the Virgin Islands and Hawaii.  Jeff also loves to snowboard or surf in the back-country, and on any body of H2O possible.

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Patrick Roy

Grounds Person

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Patrick has been traveling about the Pacific Northwest since 2012.  Living in Oregon and Washington, he has gained a background working with plants, landscaping, and orchard work.  His free time is spent hiking, exploring different parts of the forest, and searching for scenic locations to set up his hammock.

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Wyatt Broadaway

Grounds Person

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A recent addition to the San Juan Islands, Wyatt brings an experiential background as varied as the places he’s called home.  From farming, gardening in North Carolina, to timber framing in Montana, to stage work, bartending and selling Christmas trees in New York City, this Texan finds happiness through physical exertion in nature.