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U of M, Crookston’s Sam Kezar Earns Certification during Annual Tree Care Industry Association Conference
November 20, 2007

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, head, Natural Resources Department, 218- 281-8129 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Sam Kezar, adjunct professor of arboriculture at the University of Minnesota, Crookston
Sam Kezar
CROOKSTON, Minn. (November 20, 2007) – Sam Kezar, adjunct professor of arboriculture in the University of Minnesota, Crookston’s Natural Resources Department was recently awarded full certification as a tree care safety professional at the annual conference of the Tree Care Industry Association held recently in Hartford, Connecticut. 


The purpose of the certification is to improve worker safety by empowering and encouraging employers and employees to develop and nurture a culture of safety within their organizations. The goal is to eliminate work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses as well as their associated costs. The program involved a two-day workshop and a written exam. The certification is good for three years and can be extended by obtaining 30 continuing education units. Kezar is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist as well as Certified Tree Worker – Climber Specialist (MW 4503 AT).


Kezar, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn., has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries management and a master's in arboriculture safety, both from South Dakota State University in Brookings. He has been involved in the development of the urban forestry major at the U of M, Crookston which was recently approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents as an emphasis within the horticulture program.


"We appreciate Sam's expertise in urban forestry and the additional dimension which the major will bring to our horticulture program," notes Dan Svedarsky, head of the Natural Resources Department." Urban forestry is a blend of forestry conservation and tree care practices along with horticulture and will be a popular major for students who enjoy active, outdoor careers."


For more information about other U of M, Crookston horticulture programs in production horticulture and environmental landscaping, golf and turf management or natural resources, contact Judy Baatz at 218-281-8128 ( or the department web page at


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