About Steigerwaldt

Steigerwaldt Tree Farms has been in business since 1957 and our friendly staff has the knowledge and experience to help you find the products and services you desire, as well as accurate retail sales advice.

Steigerwaldt Tree Farms maintains over 300 acres in planted trees and another approximately 900 acres of hardwood and pine timber.

Edward F. Steigerwaldt, ACF


Ed is a forester and real estate appraiser with decades of experience. His appraisal experience includes a wide variety of assignments including the appraisal of waterfront, recreation, forest land, residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial property, as well as easements and individual trees and landscaping. Ed has also completed appraisals for tree damage, utility easement analyzation for effects on property values, and Christmas tree management. He currently directs real estate appraisal projects throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and other states when requested. Ed has qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, and California. He has given numerous presentations covering real estate and tree appraisal. Ed also has served as a Wisconsin tax assessor and has over fifty years of experience as a Christmas tree grower.

Jon S. Andreas

Tree Farm Manager

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition, Jon holds an Associates degree in Automotive Technology from North Central Technical College.

Jon is responsible for directing, coordinating, and leading Steigerwaldt Tree Farm’s field operations and manages wholesale and retail Christmas tree sales. His duties also include budget management, performance targets, action plan, data analysis, and marketing for Steigerwaldt Tree Farms. Jon works as the tree farm field operations leader and works with other members of the department to develop and maintain client relationships. He supervises farm projects, processes, and scheduling between in-house departments to maintain efficiencies. He is the lead on maintenance of GIS data for Steigerwaldt lands and Christmas tree inventory. Jon also serves as the lead liaison with our Forestry Department, and directs and evaluates equipment needs and maintenance.

715.453.3274, ext. 347

Lee Ann Steigerwaldt, ACF

Chief Executive Officer/President

Lee currently oversees and implements strategic direction and performance standards at Steigerwaldt. She is a third-generation consulting forester and business owner with a Bachelor of Science degree earned in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in Forest Management, Urban Forestry, and Philosophy. She is a certified general appraiser in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and an ISA certified arborist. Her prior professional experience was as a Production Arborist in Hailey, Idaho, before relocating to Tomahawk to work in the family business.

Lee offers business leadership perspective and experience in a growing and transitioning business and feels the emphasis on cultural expectations and principle values is key to thriving through transitions.

She enjoys working on the Christmas tree farm and at the maple syrup shack, and pursuing steelhead in the Brule River in northern Wisconsin with her husband, Todd. She has two children, a daughter and son. Lee is a ten-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon and is a believer in grit, tenacity, and consistency in business, organizational, and personal achievement.

715.453.3274, ext. 318

Ryan M. Simmons

Tree Farm Field Manager

Ryan is responsible for directing and leading field operations at Steigerwaldt Tree Farms for Christmas tree production. His duties include directing and managing field staff towards specific goals and deadlines, along with maintaining equipment and relations across the department.

Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Forest Management and Urban Forestry.

Prior to his current position, Ryan was responsible for safely applying pesticides and pruning techniques to improve urban tree health. He also was a math/science teacher for multiple grades, managing several classrooms throughout a day.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys backpacking and traveling with friends and family.

715.453.3274, ext. 328