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Nine Central Lakes College horticulture students are now certified tree inspectors. The students ended the semester-long integrated pest management course, taught by Theri Wasniewski, with the certification exam. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources facilitates the tree inspector program, which certifies individuals to help alleviate invading pest problems. The inspectors’ main focus is on emerald ash borer, long-horned Asian beetle, Dutch elm disease, and oak wilt. The tree inspectors are the front line for detection in the field and they provide tree disease information to the public. The inspectors will attend an annual seminar to remain certified. The students are Erin Billig, St. Cloud (front left); Candice Lipinski, Watson; Anne Smith, St. Joseph; Brittany Tasche, Brainerd; Lance Kierzek, Avon (back left); Michael Seppelt, Pierz; Tanja Turcotte, Brainerd; Jordan Danielson, Elk River; and Brady Corcoran, St. Michael (not pictured).

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