Meet the Team

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

Founded in 2005, Rain Shadow Consulting provides an array of tree care, environmental, and forestry services to clients throughout the San Juan Islands and beyond. We are a busy and growing company and we are often looking for talented individuals to join our team.

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 25 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 recently taught a Tree Worker Basics class through the San Juan EDC and was elected to the San Juan Conservation District’s board of supervisors in May of 2020. 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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Colin Blevins

Consulting Arborist

ISA Certified and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) Arborist

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Colin began working for Rain Shadow in 2015 after learning his trade as an arborist with Skyline Tree Care. Colin passed his ISA Certified Arborist exam and became our General Foreman in early 2018, and in late 2019, he became Rain Shadow’s Project Manager. 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.

Lindsay Watkins

Lindsay Watkins

Forester, GIS Specialist, Communications Manager

M.S., University of Vermont Field Naturalist Program; B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University

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Lindsay joined Rain Shadow in early 2020 after relocating to Orcas Island from New England, where she spent nearly 15 years learning and teaching about the ecology of northeastern forests and mountains. Lindsay has worked as a land steward for the Nature Conservancy, a backcountry and wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service, a ski patroller at Wildcat Mountain (NH), and as an outdoor and environmental educator and program manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club.  Lindsay spends her free time mountain biking, backpacking, and snowboarding.

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Jon Stoller

Operations Manager

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Coming Soon

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Galen Boydston

San Juan Foreman

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 an ISA Certified Arborist and lives with his wife Rachel, 2 children, and canine pal Nootka in Olga.

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Wyatt Broadaway

Orcas Foreman

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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.

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Joe Kostechko

Tree Technician & Equipment Operator

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Joe has lived on Orcas Island with his brother, mom, and dad since he was in 5th grade, after moving from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Ever since he was a little kid, Joe loved being outside and loved big trucks and heavy equipment. He has had a few road excavation and construction jobs and has always been interested in tree work, like dropping trees on his family’s property for firewood.  Joe learned a lot in Carson’s Tree Worker Basics class offered by the San Juan Economic Development Council in the winter of 2019/2020, and began working with Carson on his sawmill shortly after that. Joe joined Rain Shadow full-time as a tree technician and equipment operator in 2020.

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Zach Kostechko

Tree Technician & Equipment Operator

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Zach grew up in Colorado riding dirt bikes and driving the family tractor. He moved to Orcas in 5th grade and graduated from Orcas High School in 2014. Zach enjoys excavation work and operating heavy machinery – excavators, dozers, and backhoes. He has two years of operating experience and enjoys the opportunities at Rain Shadow to learn new skills and work on different jobs each day. In his free time, Zach enjoys being outside and fishing.

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Luke Hudson

Tree Technician

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Luke joined Rain Shadow in the fall of 2021 and is excited to grow his skills as a tree care groundie and climber. He grew up in Washington and has a wide range of background experience from working as a barista, a sawyer, a general contractor, and as a crew member and supervisor with the Washington Conservation Corps.

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Michael Umble

Tree Technician

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Mike comes to us having grown up on Fidalgo Island. After years of working in restaurants he found himself on a backcountry trail crew, which started his passion for arboriculture and working in Washington’s forests. This work has taken him all over the state as a natural resource technician, wildland firefighter, and park ranger.

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David Jen

Tree Technician

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Aiden Artz

Tree Technician

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