City of Missoula
Christopher Boza is currently the City Arborist for the City of Missoula, Montana. He has over 38 years of experience in urban forestry managing municipal forestry programs. Prior to Missoula, Mr. Boza served as the Urban Forester for Hayden, Idaho, the Urban Forester for Chico, California, the Assistant Arborist for San Jose, California, and as a Field Tech for Forest-Ag in Lafayette, California. His first experience in municipal tree care occurred during the Summer of 1980, collecting data for a street tree inventory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on paper forms!
Chris has facilitated numerous public and industry seminars in Chico, Hayden and Missoula. His most recent project is an urban forestry class for high school students at Big Sky High School in
Chris tested for and received his Arborist Certification in 1986. He also holds a Municipal Arborist Specialist certification, an Aerial Lift Specialist certification and a Tree Risk Assessor Qualification. He served on the Western Chapter Certification Committee from 1992 to 2000. Chris currently holds an Applicators' License in Montana. He previously held an Applicators' License in Idaho and a Pest Control Advisor License and a Qualified Applicator License in California.
Chris has managed tree and landscape maintenance contracts since 1986 in cities ranging in population size from 14,000 to 900,000 residents. The most complex maintenance project involved a 5-year landscape contract valued at over $3.6 million and included over 255 acres of parks, median islands, greenways, retention basins and municipal facilities, ranging in size from 1,000 sq. ft. to 15 acres and funded by over 160 separate operating and special operating accounts.
In his spare time, Chris is an avid model railroader in 1:1 and 1:87 scales. He is a member of the Pacific Locomotive Association and the Inland Empire Railroad Historical Society. He served as the Chief Arborist for the Niles Canyon Railway from 1988 to 2006. He held a Lone Railway Worker Certificate and a Conductor Certificate from 1990 to 2008.