Oak wilt in Minnesota: updated fact sheet and resources

Tree care professionals, woodland owners, and urban natural resource managers are greatly concerned with managing oak wilt across Minnesota. Oak wilt is responsible for killing large numbers of oaks annually across the state. A recent confirmation of oak wilt in Morrison County near Little Falls makes it the most northwestern find in Minnesota. Researchers and forest health specialists from the US Forest […]

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Winter cold impacts on EAB: Minnesota data

By Eli Sagor, University of Minnesota Extension A few weeks ago the local and national media ran a number of hopeful stories about the effect of this year’s deep cold on EAB larvae overwintering under ash bark. We got in on it too: Will winter cold save us from emerald ash borer? Sensing perhaps a bit too much optimism, last week Dr. […]

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52nd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course 2014

52nd Annual Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course March 18-19, 2014 Bethel University, Arden Hills   Register Online Now   The 2014 Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course: It’s about Preservation. “Preservation,” incites thoughts of protecting trees from the wrath of construction and development projects. The 2014 Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course will expand on preservation to include not only saving those […]

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What is Urban and Community Forestry?

The urban forest includes all of the natural resources in an urban area – plants, soil, water, animals – and is often referred to as the “green infrastructure” of a community. Any residential, commercial or institutional community that has public services – streets, curbs, utilities – is considered an urban area, in contrast to a rural area. Urban forestry is […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan Slideshow Series (2011)

A new resource, years in the making By Sean Peterson Several years ago, arborist Ken Simons and University of Minnesota Prof. Gary Johnson first set out to define what practical information Minnesota communities needed to develop a step-by-step practical “Master Plan” for street tree planning and design. After much research, compilation of available resources, discussion, planning and finally implementation, in […]

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Minnesota Law and Trees

A Layperson’s Guide Note: These fact sheets pertain to the law in Minnesota at the time of their writing in the mid 2000s. The information they contain may not necessarily apply in other states, and they have not been updated since their initial publication. The information included in the fact sheets is intended to be educational, not legal advice. If you have […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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