Forest Insect and Disease Newsletter

Tree Inspector Certification Program—2013 Report

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Location of Tree Inspectors in Minnesota Map.

State certification of Tree Inspectors has been a mainstay in communities across Minnesota since the arrival of Dutch elm disease in the early 1970s. Tree Inspectors pass an exam to demonstrate proficiency in Dutch elm disease and oak wilt management, tree identification, firewood identification, and shade tree management.

The 2013 Recertification Workshops in greater Minnesota provided the latest research-based information on plant material quality, correcting tree stock problems, best planting practices, winter protection, community gravel bed options, and other timely topics. In 2013, over 900 new and recertified Tree Inspectors served local governments and private companies in over 650 of Minnesota's 870 communities. They have provided the foundation for urban forestry programs in most of these towns for 40 years. More information »