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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Urban Forests
no. 16

Add city tree and plant cover that increases community health, wealth and quality of life.
  Best Practice Action 6      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Build community capacity to protect existing trees/plant resilient species by certifying at least one or more local staff/volunteers.

 
At least one volunteer is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector or a Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector.
At least one city staff member is a Certified Forester, a landscape horticulture professional, or holds Tree Inspector and First Detector certification.
City has written and begun implementing a community emerald ash borer preparedness plan/climate change adaptation plan for urban forests.

Bemidji

Date completed/entered:   03/18/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Bemidji has four Parks and Recreation staff members that are certified Tree Inspectors. The Parks Department is also currently working on an emerald ash bore preparedness plan, with the help of Gary Johnson from the Dept. of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. They conducted a volunteer-driven tree inventory this summer and are currently waiting for the analysis.

For more information contact:
Sara Dennison (Community volunteer)   |   sdennison@bemidjistate.edu   |   218-755-3765

Partners:
Department of Forest Resources at University of Minnesota

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Burnsville

Date completed/entered:   06/25/2012

Implementation details:
Four city staff members are certified Tree Inspectors. Burnsville has an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan.

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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Maplewood

Date completed/entered:   03/22/2012

Implementation details:
The contracted city forester is a licensed arborist and a certified tree inspector. The city has 2 staff members who are certified tree inspectors. The City also passed a EAB management plan in 2011 and has started implementing the plan with boulevard trees.

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For more information contact:
Ginny Gaynor (City staff)   |   virginia.gaynor@ci.maplewood.mn.us   |   651-249-2416

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Minnetonka

Date completed/entered:   01/31/2014

Implementation details:
In addition to the Minnetonka’s City Forester being a licensed arborist and certified tree inspector; the city employs two additional certified tree inspectors. For several years, Minnetonka has participated in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s voluntary early detection program of the emerald ash borer. To date the emerald ash borer has not been detected within the city, the city has a comprehensive emerald ash borer protection plan that is currently being implemented. The plan includes sections pertaining to the prioritization of ash tree removals on public property, budget impacts, replanting and wood waste considerations. The draft plan was presented to the city council in 2013.

Descriptive links: http://www.eminnetonka.com/public_works/natural_resources/community_forestry/emerald_ash_borer/Minnetonka_preparations/Minnetonka_prepares_emerald_ash_borer.cfm

For more information contact:
Ashley Mellgren (City staff)   |   amellgren@eminnetonka.com   |   952-939-8298

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Oakdale

Date completed/entered:   07/31/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Oakdale employs a full-time City Forester, who is a certified arborist and tree inspector. The city's Urban Forestry Management Plan addresses emerald ash borer, as well as buckthorn removal and tree planting expectations.

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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Shoreview

Date completed/entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
The City has approximately 5 staff certified as MN Tree Inspectors, and several volunteers are First Detectors or retired foresters from the Minnesota DNR. The City Council adopted the Shoreview Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan in March of 2012 (attached).

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For more information contact:
Jessica Schaum (City staff)   |   jschaum@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Cottage Grove

Date completed/entered:   04/12/2013

Implementation details:
Cottage Groves staffs a licensed forester and recently hired a landscape horticulture professional.

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Eden Prairie

Date completed/entered:   04/06/2012

Implementation details:
The City has Forestry Division within the Parks and Recreation Department. The division is responsible for the following: "Identifying and removing trees with Dutch elm disease or oak wilt. "Sponsoring the Annual Arbor Day celebration. "Sponsoring annual Spring Park Cleanup. "Enforcing the City's tall grass/weed ordinance "Enforcing state/county noxious weed requirements. "Work with City Environmental Coordinator to monitor private native grass/flower plantings "Investigating, overseeing and resolving city/private boundary interface conflicts. "Forestry and natural resources related consultations. "Managing the City's conservation areas, which includes oak savanna, remnant prairie, remnant "Big Woods" forests and the riparian zones along creek and river watersheds. The City Parks and Recreation Department has on Staff, Jeff Cordes--Forestry Technician: He holds the following certifications: International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector. EAB First Detector trained.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/index.aspx?page=237

For more information contact:
Regina Rojas (City staff)   |   rrojas@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8490

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Grand Rapids

Date completed/entered:   01/03/2013

Implementation details:
The City Of Grand Rapids currently have two certified tree inspectors on is also a member of International society of Arboriculture..Kelly Morris Mn. Dept. of Natural Resources Certified Tree inspector.#20064920 Kelly Morris International Society of Arboriculture #MN-4041A Jim Columbus Mn. Dept of Natural Resources Certified Tree Inspector #20073056

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Red Wing

Date completed/entered:   01/30/2013

Implementation details:
The city's public works department has two staff members certified as well as a consultant forester and we work directly with a community organization thats primary goal is to protect the city's trees and to keep the city green.

For more information contact:
Jay McCleary (City staff)   |   Jay.McCleary@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651 385 3674

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Royalton

Date completed/entered:   04/15/2014

Implementation details:
Our Tree Board in conjunction with the U of M completed a survey of all trees in Royalton and established a gravel bed nursery to provide trees for the community. Two of the board members are MN Certified Tree Inspectors and monitor emerald ash borer activity in the city.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The tree survey helped identify trees that were possibly infected with emerald ash borer, and

Descriptive links: http://www.royaltonmn.com/vertical/sites/%7BF29AE369-80CF-4CFB-BE87-851B6F04B18E%7D/uploads/March_April__2013.pdf

For more information contact:
Andrea Lauer (Elected official)   |   mayor@royaltonmn.com   |   320-630-2229

Partners:
U of M Profess Gary Johnson Urban and Community Forestry

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Saint Louis Park

Date completed/entered:   07/02/2012

Implementation details:
St. Louis Park employs an ISA Certified Arborist on staff.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Increased number of grants, trees ID'd with "issues", increase diversity of trees planted and heightened educational initiativess.

Descriptive links: http://www.isa-arbor.com/faca/findArborist.aspx             view file

For more information contact:
Jim Vaughan (City staff)   |   jvaughan@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2699

Partners:
International Society of Arboriculture; Minnesota Society of Arboriculture

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White Bear Lake

Date completed/entered:   05/15/2013

Implementation details:
Three city staff are MN Certified Tree Inspectors.

For more information contact:
Ellen Richter (City staff)   |   erichter@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8505

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Woodbury

Date completed/entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
The city has a certified tree inspector on staff.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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greenstep advisor
Ken Holman, Community Forestry Coordinator, MN Department of Natural Resources: 651/259-5269, ken.holman@dnr.state.mn.us, http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/urban