Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course

54th Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
March 15−16, 2016
Bethel University, Arden Hills

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Aging Trees and Landscapes: Minnesota's Green Assets

"The good part about aging is that I haven't died yet." A quote from an oak.

Aging trees and landscapes, like just about everything, offer (at least) two perspectives. Aging trees are usually big, or at least bigger than they were when they started out. They actually provide the shade that was advertised. They provide habitat for wildlife. They offer an opportunity or challenge to climb them... or hug them.

Aging landscapes block unpleasant things like views of highways, cold winter winds, and sometimes annoying noises. Minnesotans collectively let out a sigh of relief as they peer out of those tiny windows at 10,000 feet above ground when the green, green landscape of their home state welcomes them back. We're grateful to not see gray- or brown-dominated landscapes. Aren't we lucky to bicycle under the shade of oak forests and to have canopies that help keep Minnesota's rainwater where it should be kept—in Minnesota!

The other side of aging is that extra, necessary attention thing. Regular maintenance. Careful and practiced monitoring for health and condition issues. Timely intervention to make sure that green assets remain assets. Regeneration.

What does this have to do with the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course? Pretty much everything. The STSC offers an opportunity for us to mature, remain assets, manage Minnesota's greatest assets (okay, a tree-lover's opinion!), and nurture regeneration. As always, the 2016 version of the STSC hits all of the tree care and urban forestry topics, from planning to planting, pruning to preservation. More importantly, though, it is that time of the year that pulls us all together again as we mature and regenerate, learn and teach.

Join us again or for the first time in 2016 at the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, and help make it the best one yet for Minnesota's green assets.

Gary Johnson
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course Steering Committee

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Program Partners

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
Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
University of Minnesota Extension

Ensuring Tree Health Since 1963

At a Glance

For questions about your registration, contact:

For more information, contact:
Katherine Hagberg

Contact Ben Johnson at bjohnson@rainbowtreecare.com.

Need a place to stay during the short course? Find a list of hotels in the area here.

Comments from Past Attendees

The information was directly related to my job in urban forestry.

The access to knowledge base and format allowed time for questions and interactions with presenters.

There was science and research. It was practically applied as well.

It was great to hear experts from Minnesota speaking!

I am confident that there will be great information each year even after all of these years (great work).

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