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Busara (Bo) Firestone
Milpitas, CA
(408) 497-7158
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Professional ​

Over a decade of experience in urban forestry in the South Bay.  Extensive experience in community tree planting, tree care, tree inventory, and education programs.  Currently independent, providing arborist reports and consultation for residents, non-profits, private companies, and public agencies.  Also provides garden design service to residents, specializing in water-wise landscaping.

Consulting Arborist, Landscape Designer

Bo Firestone Trees & Gardens LLC, Milpitas, CA

2016 - present


Tree expertise and reports.  Design of beautiful and functional water-wise gardens.  


Associate (Independent)

Ian Geddes Associates, Saratoga, CA

2018 - 2021

Arboricultural consulting and tree reports 

Arborist (Independent)

Our City Forest, San Jose, CA

2016 - 2018


Arborist technical support, program support, staff training, planting consultations with residents and public partners.

Urban Forestry Director, Arborist, RME 

Our City Forest, San Jose, CA

2010 - 2016

Development and implementation of community tree planting, tree care, tree inventory, and education programs. 

Landscape designer for Lawnbusters pilot program in partnership with Santa Clara Valley Water District rebate program.  

Managed teams of Americorps service members, employees, contractors, and volunteers.

Collaboration with public agencies and community partners

Grant reporting to state agencies, such as CalFIRE

Grant writing and administration

Program Manager, Arborist

Our City Forest, San Jose, CA

2007 - 2010

Development and implementation of community tree planting, tree care, tree inventory and education programs.  Supervised teams of Americorps service members and volunteers.


Urban Forestry Worker

Forestry and Parks Department, Stevens Point, WI

Summer 2007


Maintained trees, shrubs, landscaped areas, and flower beds.  Storm cleanup and brush removal.


ISA - Board-Certified Master Arborist

ISA – Certified Arborist since 2008

ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA)


Certified Tree Risk Assessor – ISA (TRAQ )  since 2012

ASCA Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification (TPAQ) 2019

Wildlife-Trained Arborist


ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists)


Western Chapter ISA (International Society of Arboriculture)

CNPS (California Native Plant Society)

American Horticultural Society

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

B.S. University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Graduated January 2007

Major: Urban Forestry

Magna Cum Laude, Chancellor’s Leadership Award



Shorewood High School, Shorewood, WI

​Graduated 2001

Recipient of Shaw Scholarship


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