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Tree Care Company Licensing & Regulation Task Force

Tree Care Licensing Task Force Report, February 2007 (PDF: 71 KB / 12 pages)

MDA Survey for Tree Care Licensing, February 2006 (PDF: 71 KB / 18 pages)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture convened a Tree Care Company Licensing and Regulation Task Force. The objectives of the task force were to review and make recommendations on the following topics and practices: the need for the licensing, education, and training of tree care professionals; and the need for regulating employers offering tree care services or tree care operations, including the establishment of insurance and solvency protection for the public. Six meetings were held with the task force members and members of the public. As a result of these discussions, MDA prepared and delivered the Tree Care Licensing Task Force Report to the standing agriculture policy committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 16, 2007.

Task Force Members



Sen. Betsy Wergin

Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming Committee; Minnesota Senate

Rep. Ruth Johnson

Agriculture and Rural Development Committee; Minnesota House of Representatives

David Nordgaard

Large Tree Care Company

George Welles

Small Tree Care Company

Paul Buck


Gary Johnson

Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee

Charles Klinefelter

Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Gregory Krogstad

Minnesota/International Society of Arboriculture

Tim O’Hara

Timber Producers or Minnesota Forest Industries

Dennis Fallon

Utility Right-of Way Industry

Ken Holman

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Greg Wiese

Minnesota Department of Commerce

Terry McDill

Minnesota Department of Agriculture


MDA Contact:

Teresa McDill
Invasive Species Unit

Lu Schmidtke
Operations Unit

Plant Protection Division