Business Profile: Cal Richert

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Title and Business: Callen E. "Cal" Richert is the sole proprietor of Last Frontier Forestry & Tree Service.

Background: Richert, 30, was born in New York City when his father was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard there, and has lived in Juneau since about age 2. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, then worked in logging in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska for a few years. He next earned a degree in forest management from Oregon State University. After working in Oregon for about a year and a half, he returned to Juneau in the spring of 1999. His full-time position is working as a forester for Tlingit-Haida Central Council. "There are about 13,000 Native allotments in Southeast, some up to 160 acres in size. I help manage the timber," Richert said.

Services: Last Frontier Forest & Tree Service divides its services into two parts: Writing forest stewardship plans for Native village corporations; and tree service work, such as tree removal, tree topping and tree pruning. He has done contract work for Sealaska and other corporations. Pruning is usually performed to improve a view of mountains, Gastineau Channel or ocean or increase the aesthetic appeal of the tree.

"If there are dead branches or dangerous limbs, we get rid of those or get rid of wind resistance and decrease the likelihood of blow-down," Richert said. "Topping is popular because you don't have to remove the whole tree. You can take part of it, and it still grows, but you get rid of the risk." A row of topped trees can supply a living hedge that gives privacy without interfering with electric lines.

Quotable: "My niche is working with Native corporations on contracting and consulting work around Southeast Alaska."

Visible job: About two years ago, he cleared five acres by Dimond Park where a new soccer field is scheduled to be built.

Family: Richert is married to Nikki, a teacher of adaptive physical exercise and supervisor of the tutoring program at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Nikki also waits tables at El Sombrero and works part-time at the Juneau Racquet Club. Richert's parents, Dennis and Maxine Paddock Richert, reside in Juneau.

Contact information: The message phone for the business is 463-5401.

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