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Posted on: March 29, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Volunteer Wanted for Public Tree Inventory

Attention community members, friends, nature-lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts, there is an excellent opportunity coming up to get involved with the development plan for the future of Ramsey's urban forest! In the summer of 2018, the City of Ramsey is performing a public tree inventory, taking account of the species and condition of public trees. Taking inventory of public trees will allow the City to plan for threats, such as the infamous emerald ash borer that is devastating ash tree populations. It will also improve the stability of the urban forest by getting a sense for how much of a given type of tree is present, and to plan future plantings and tree maintenance.

This inventory will be performed entirely by volunteers! The time commitment is open to individual volunteer groups. After completing the initial training, volunteers will be given all the tools and equipment necessary for performing the inventory, and will be able to go out into the City to collect data as often as they are able, over the course of the summer and into the fall.

Training will be provided by University of Minnesota students over the course of two days. The first day will be an indoor session focusing and inventory instruction and tree identification. Day two will be a hands-on, outdoor field session, where volunteers learn exactly how to measure trees and record inventory data.

Come and be a part of this community-building opportunity! Besides being a first step to bolstering the City's tree canopy, it is a magnificent chance to learn valuable new skills, enjoy the outdoors, and engage with neighbors and friends, old and new!

Training details:

Location: Ramsey City Hall - 7550 Sunwood Drive

Day 1: Friday April 13th 5:30pm-8:30pm

Day 2**: Saturday April 14th 9:00am-3:00pm (outdoor field session, rain or shine!**, lunch provided.

**In case of cancellation due to lightning, the field session will be held the following day, Sunday, April 15, from 9am-3pm.

Interested individuals may sign up for the training by following this link:

http://mntreesource.umn.edu/ramsey-inventory

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