“They did that a few years ago when they didn’t have a full time forester,” Vernon Quam, city forester, said. “It was to keep the tree board going and making certain decisions to be active in the Tree City USA program.”
“The people are the ones who are associated with trees and tree planting, or are concerned, have some part of their position, just dealing with trees,” he said.
The committee has eight members: Kurt Froelich, NDSU Extension Service county agent; Craig Pearson, Parks Recreation building and sites manager; Bob Klein and Bonnie Toogood, Stark/Billings Soil Conservation; Mick Riesinger, Dickinson State University facility operations; Monika Armstrong, Second Nature Greenhouse owner; John Dutchuk, Amvets Post 22 commander; and Jacob Zettel, Montana-Dakota Utilities.
“When you get those types of people together, we’re like partners bringing things to the table,” Quam said. “More resources, more things in common with each other that we can .”
For example, the department helps with Stark/Billings Soil Conservation efforts.
“They plant trees like us,” Quam said. “We work with them on sources of trees and plantings, things like that.”
“We need to work closely with them as well, as far as plantings and getting some consistency for what to plant and the different varieties that are out there,” Quam said.
“We’re looking at trying to get them involved in the Tree Campus USA program, which is part of the Arbor Day Foundation,” he said.
“We have the possibility of becoming the third,” Quam said.
According to Quam, the prospect of so many collaborations is exciting.
“We’re looking at a lot of different things as far as interests and combinations,” he said. “It’s just a win-win situation, as far as getting together and talking about these things, and making them partners.”