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Everything’s Changing: Can Your Urban Forest Thrive?

Yes! If you work at it.

This interview with Karen Zumach, Director of Community Forestry at the Tree Trust, St. Louis Park, Minnesota illuminates how Minneapolis has responded to challenges as diverse as dutch elm disease, the loss of all its ash trees, and a community where tree canopy and jobs are not always where people need them.

 

Interview by Erika Svendsen and Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service, New York City, 2018

Interview with Karen Zumach

“Because I’ve become more involved in the inner workings of urban and community forestry throughout the state, I’ve come to recognize how political trees are. I never thought that would be a sentence that one would utter, because they’re trees—how could they be political? But they really are; it’s a surprising thing to navigate.”

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