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Staff Biography

Benton Tree Service has a team of experts committed to providing to you the best service concerning your trees and how they affect your project. Our team is involved in the community, donating over 5000 trees to various non-profits throughout the metro area to mitigate the loss of tree canopy from necessary removals.  We are approved, licensed vendors for Orleans and Jefferson Parish covering residential, commercial and industrial projects. Benton Tree Service is among the top three preferred vendors for the City of New Orleans Department of Parks & Parkways.



Tim Benton:


Tim is the principal arborist and owner of Benton Tree Service. He is invested in arboriculture

with over 20 years of experience in New Orleans. Tim’s life in arboriculture has been more of

a calling as well as his life’s work as the profession is a legacy within his family. He began

working in the family business with his uncle here in New Orleans and has since found

great success with Benton Tree Service. Tim is also personally responsible for growing over

5000 trees and donating for the replenishment and reforestation of New Orleans’ urban

tree canopy. The air is a little cleaner in New Orleans thanks to Tim’s exceptional efforts. 

You can contact Tim at 504-896-0820.

Tim's passions are all things green. He is truly an artist and scholar in regard to trees, their lives,

and their health.



  • International Society of Arborculture (ISA) #0927A

  • State of Lousiana Arborist #LA1368 

  • State of Mississippi Arborist #MSLT715

Stosh Kozlowski:


Stosh is a licensed Louisiana arborist and a city planner. Stosh began his career interning internationally

in East Africa with the United Nations' agricultural arm, the International Fund for Agricultural

Development ( In Africa, Stosh learned rural reforestation and economic development

practices with the ultimate goal of the eradication of extreme poverty. His work history includes staff

at the City of New Orleans City Planning Commission as well as the City of Atlanta Department of City

Planning. In Atlanta, Stosh was the Department of Planning's point person to assist with the creation

of the country's most intricate municipal tree protection legislation.  With over 10 years of urban and

rural placemaking experience, Stosh plays an integral role in Benton Tree Service project management,

marketing, and business development.

Stosh's passion is helping with saving the Louisiana Coast where he leads an annual bicycle ride to raise

awareness and, of course, dollars to donate to the cause of saving our Louisiana coast. 


  • Georgia State University, Bachelor of Science - Public Policy

  • Georgia State University, Master of Public Policy - Planning and Economic Development

Joshua Watkin:


Josh is a top-notch ISA-certified and Louisiana licensed arborist and climber extraordinaire. Hailing originally from West

Michigan, trees are a family business where his father taught him the ropes, literally. Since then

Josh has experienced heights and big trees in Colorado where he continued to work in the cold and

at altitudes that strengthened his keen sense of awareness and ethics.  Josh has climbed thousands

of trees in calm as well as daring situations. He's lead our team through complex and dangerous

hurricane disaster work as well as in our day-to-day operation. His value to Benton Tree Service is

profoundly invaluable.  

Josh's passions are his family and excellence in every endeavor. Also, books and craft beer!



  • International Society of Arborculture (ISA) #SO-10483A