Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course
Ensuring Tree Health Since 1963
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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Mark Stennes Scholarship
Mark Stennes Scholarship Award Winner 2015 - Chad Giblin
Minnesota Community Forestry Awards
Sponsored by Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (MSA) and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MNSTAC). Together we are always looking for ways to highlight the work we do (in the industry) and people who are making a difference. Awards are given at the Shade Tree Short Course, which happens in March of every year. Nominations are due by early February of each year.
Social Media: Join the Conversation #mnstsc
We invite you to join the conversation about STSC by tweeting about the course, or posting updates on Twitter and Facebook. The course hashtag is #mnstsc. Type this hashtag in your tweets/posts to continue the course "backchannel," or you may also search Twitter for this hashtag to view the tweets online, and keep up with session you missed. These social media efforts will help participants network and meet new colleagues prior to and during the course.
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Keep up with the short course by "Liking" the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course Facebook page. We'll post interesting and important topics and updates throughout the year.