Frankie climbed his first maple tree when he was eight and knew he’d found his passion! When walking past trees in his hometown of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, he notices branches that are strong for climbing and weak ones that might indicate the tree isn’t healthy. He even reads in trees, climbing up to a good perch with a book in his pack. When he read that trees are the lungs of the earth and make oxygen, he decided to become a plant hero. He also loves maple syrup on his pancakes. After he spotted sugar maple trees dying from the introduced Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), he volunteered to be a beetle detective—looking for their round holes bored into trees.