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Tree City USA Awards Presented to Area Cities at Urban Forestry Workshop Held at the U of M, Crookston
March 19, 2008

Contact: Phil Baird, associate professor, 218-281-8130 (pbaird@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Nine cities awarded Tree City U.S.A. included Front row (l to r): Warren Niesche, Breckenridge; Rick Terway, Fergus Falls; Don Mueller, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry; Myles Olson Thief River Falls. Back row: Rod Eggiman, Moorhead; Ron Bucholz, Wadena; Keith Stafford, Fergus Falls; Scott Kleven, Crookston; Brian Hall, Hawley.
Representatives from nine cities awarded Tree City U.S.A. included Front row (l to r): Warren Niesche, Breckenridge; Rick Terway, Fergus Falls; Don Mueller, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry; Myles Olson Thief River Falls. Back row: Rod Eggiman, Moorhead; Ron Bucholz, Wadena; Keith Stafford, Fergus Falls; Scott Kleven, Crookston; Brian Hall, Hawley.
Crookston, Minn. (March 19, 2008) – More than 70 urban foresters from around the region attended the 24th Annual Northwest Urban Forestry Workshop held recently at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The workshop was a chance to learn about current trends in urban forest care and for tree inspectors to go through recertification.

Martha Barwinsky, supervisor of Forestry and Dutch Elm Disease Operations for the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the keynote speaker. She discussed present and future challenges in managing Winnipeg’s extensive urban forest resource. Other topics discussed at the workshop included, diversity in the urban landscape, agency and pest updates from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), urban water management, chainsaw safety and a review of regional tree resources.

Don Mueller, Urban and Community Forestry Partnership coordinator for the Minnesota DNR’s Division of Forestry, recognized and presented Tree City USA awards to representatives from 9 cities in northwest Minnesota who attended the workshop.

Other presenters included faculty from the U of M, Crookston Natural Resources Department including Assistant Professor Eric Castle in horticulture, Teaching Specialist Sam Kezar in urban forestry, and Associate Professor Phil Baird in natural resources.

More than 40 students at the U of M, Crookston also had the opportunity to participate in the workshop. “This was a great experience for my urban forestry and arboriculture students,” explains Kezar. “They not only learned a great deal from the presentations, but also assisted workshop participants with some knot-tying exercises during the afternoon." 

Tree inspectors must attend annual recertification workshops to learn the latest information on tree care, exotic species management, shade tree management, tree selection, insect and disease identification, tree health care and other topics. For more information on the workshop, contact Baird at 218-281-8130 (pbaird@umn.edu).

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