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Black Bear Tree Service
Black Bear Tree Service

Our History

Bill Smallwood

Bill has been serving the triangle area since 1999. He moved with his wife and children to Clayton in 2009. For the last decade Clayton has been a welcome home. 

Before coming to North Carolina, Bill was born and raised in Penobscot County, Maine. Hailing from the woods, he cut his teeth on logging at an early age. His grandfather worked logging. His cousins worked logging and today even his younger brother has a tree service in the Portland area. 

Tamara Smallwood

Originally from the Texas panhandle, she met and married Bill in 2000, after relocating to Raleigh for a previous career in 1996. She's the company secretary and doubles as an equipment carrier on occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be working in my yard?


We are a small local business, so the only people who will be working in your yard are the crew Bill has hand picked. Unlike the big businesses, we run a single crew. This outfit  is comprised of hard working and tenaciously tough individuals.

Are you insured and licensed?

In the tree service industry, a license is not required as it would be for a plumber or electrician. However, we are  insured with General Liability and Worker's Compensation. It's in your best interest to ask anyone who quotes your job if they carry these.

What sort of tree services do you do?

We've ground many a stump. Felled trees who's roots were breaking up driveways. Opened up lawns for sunlight to reach struggling grass areas, and stopped unhealthy competition between trees to achieve balance and allow for optimal tree health.