Bartlett Tree Experts expands with California, Maine acquisitions

Bartlett acquired S.P. McClenahan Company and Savage Forest Enterprise.

Bartlett Tree Experts recently acquired two companies — S.P. McClenahan Company (Portola Valley, California) and Savage Forest Enterprise (Mount Desert Island, Maine).

The largest ever in Bartlett’s 114-year history, the acquisition of 111-year-old S.P. McClenahan meant one fourth-generation company acquired another. 

“We are excited to join forces with S.P. McClenahan. I have  known the McClenahan family for 40 years and like Bartlett Tree Experts, they have worked hard to build a stellar  reputation for their company as an industry leader,” Jim Ingram, President and COO of Bartlett Tree Experts said. “We look forward to combining our strengths and adding significant depth to our arboricultural services in gorgeous Northern California.”

S.P. McClenahan Co. and its 55 employees are now a division of Bartlett Tree Experts, which provides more than 188 services to its customers from 151 operations in 39 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland, and Great Britain. 

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John Henry McClenahan, who previously served as CEO of the company his great grandfather founded, will run Bartlett’s new Portola Valley office as local manager. His younger brother, Josh McClenahan, joins Bartlett as a Loss Control Manager, administering and supporting compliance with all insurance and loss control programs, analyzing risks, and developing strategies to reduce losses throughout the corporation.

“Becoming a division of Bartlett gives all of our employees and staff, including me, a chance to grow and develop and be better arborists because of the resources that Bartlett has, such as the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories,” said John McClenahan, who has been involved in his family’s business since 1993. “Bartlett provided the right fit, culturally, and the right leadership."

Savage Forest Enterprise has been operating in the Mount Desert Island area for 23 years. Meghan EG Savage, the owner of Savage Forest Enterprise, Inc. said Bartlett was the right fit to acquire their family-owned tree and shrub care business because of similarities between the two companies, including Bartlett’s focus on scientific tree care.

“Because Bartlett Tree Experts shares our same values, we are confident they will carry forward the character and reputation of Savage Forest Enterprise while providing diversified, enhanced service our clients have grown to expect,” Savage said. “Bartlett Tree Experts is known throughout the industry as the leader in applying scientific methods to tree care. We were especially impressed with the capabilities of the Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC., which provides customers with direct access to the latest arboricultural research.”

With this acquisition, Bartlett’s new office on Mount Desert Island joins the company’s Portland office as the second in Maine. 

“We are excited about this acquisition because Savage Forest Enterprise has built a stellar reputation for quality tree work in an area of unparalleled natural beauty,” said Paul Fletcher, Vice President and Division Manager of the New England Division for Bartlett Tree Experts. “The two companies are a great match because we share the same values, and both companies have a heritage of being community focused. Our expansion in this beautiful area of coastal Maine allows us to provide a full-range of scientific tree and shrub care services to more customers while continuing to honor the values that Savage Forest was built on 
for honesty, integrity, safety and professionalism.”