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Visit made to assess campus forest
5 November 2012

TALKING TREES: Amid the aging canopy on campus, Gerri Makay, left, suggests an idea for improving the trees at United Tribes. Makay knows quite a bit about the subject; she is the community forestry manager with the North Dakota Forest Service, based in Carrington, ND. She and Liz Mathern Smith, Bismarck, second from left, also from the NDFS, toured the campus August 9. Third from left on: Colette Wolf, UTTC Horticulturalist/Extension Educator; Tribal Environmental Science students Jason Breiner, Rose Burcham and Randy Two Crow; and Wayne Markegard, NRCS Plant Materials Specialist. Burcham got the ball rolling for a visit by contacting State Forester Larry Kotchman and asking for an assessment of the overall health of the vegetation on campus. Makay later provided a site-visit summary that included recommendations for immediate care and maintenance and longer-term ideas, including funding, for enhancing the campus forest. Not pictured student Pizi Lee and Land Grant Programs Director Pat Aune.

- DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News


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