Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
53rd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
March 17-18, 2015
Bethel University, Arden Hills
Diversity and Urban Forestry
A lesson in smart economics always includes diversity; diversity in resources, worker skills, products, vendors, and clients. Lessons in diversity for managers of urban forests and trees have ranged from cruel and unforgiving to a breath of fresh air and hope! Our landscapes with multiple tree species and a mix of young and old trees will continue to thrive while those dominated by only a few favorite trees will soon be starting over.
Job descriptions, duties, and required skills haven’t escaped the influence of diversity either. Successful arborists are not only skilled at pruning and removing trees, they have become skilled at diagnosing problems in tree biomechanics and hazard tree identification, and at promoting their services through social media. Municipal urban foresters have become stormwater managers, adept at conducting tree inventories and assessing tree canopy cover, and educators.
Urban forests do not favor males to females, youthfulness to maturity, or one alma mater to the next. Look closely at this year’s program and how diversity is at every turn. Figure out how you can best use your time to redefine and diversify your professional skills, cultivate new friendships, and sustain old ones. And most of all, welcome back.
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, chairperson
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Certification and Credit for the Shade Tree Short Course
Certified tree inspectors will be recertified by attending the entire short course.
ISA CEUs will be given for most sessions.
TCIA Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) CEUs will be given for select sessions.
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
Minnesota Tree Care Advisor Program
University of Minnesota Extension
Ensuring Tree Health Since 1963