Dan The Tree Man
Dan Wattenhofer, GreenCorps Member and Urban Forestry Specialist, Mississippi Park Connection
My name is Dan Wattenhofer and I am the new urban forestry specialist and Greencorps member at Mississippi Park Connection, and I’m pleased to be here! For the next year, I’ll be working with the vast ash tree population within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
In my free time I volunteer at the local fire department, mill logs, climb, canoe, and wander around breweries asking what stouts are on tap.
Here at the Park Connection, my yearlong project will be assessing the state of the threatened ash tree population throughout the river corridor and working with our many partners to identify successful emerald ash borer management plans, develop criteria and prioritize stands for management, and determine best adaptation strategies for the potential loss of ash stands. Additionally, a good deal of my work will include identifying the impacts that the diminishing ash population will have on things such as the loss of recreational value at places of interest, loss of trees as a means of carbon storage, effects on soil erosion, and potential implications for wildlife.
I am excited to be a member of the team and get my project up and running! See you out there!
Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program, hosted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.