City rules on tree trimming are onerous

  • Article by: BRYAN HUNTINGTON
  • Updated: November 14, 2011 - 6:09 AM

Minneapolis hands large companies an advantage over individuals.

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babu237Nov. 13, 11 5:17 PM

The city of Minneapolis fined yet another good Samaritan for stopping to help North Minneapolis residents with tree trimming this summer. They made numerous excuses and lied in making attempts to validate their actions. Disgusting.

antibeastmanNov. 13, 11 5:47 PM

Glad I don't live in Commie Mpls.

amackentNov. 13, 11 5:52 PM

The licensing laws and inspections business are atrocious. The city has no business licensing 90% of what they put their nose into. MPLS licensing laws nearly double what it costs to trim trees in the city. Until people realize the freedoms they've lost and stand up, I will not bother doing any business in that city.

poopypineNov. 13, 11 5:54 PM

I am an International Society of Arboriculture(ISA) Certified Arborist. It is NOT a difficult credential to attain/maintain. You do need experience and that is a good thing. Do you want untrained doctors working on you, untrained mechanics working on your car, or a CPA doing your taxes without training or experience. Certified Arborist also need to maintain their credential by attending continuing education classes. 30 hrs/3 years for a Certified Arborist and 60 hrs/3 years for a Board-Certified Master Arborist. The certification is only a qualifier, you still have to be a smart consumer. It is very possible to do damage to a tree if you are not knowledgeable about the biology of trees. There are lots of learning opportunities in urban forestry/arboriculture in the twin cities. Safety is another big concern when it comes to tree work. ISA Certified Arborists will have been trained in safe tree work procedures. In most city's you must prove you have insurance in order to attain the license. This not only protect the company doing the work but the homeowners who hire them. Any tree worker who in not certified should contact our local chapter of ISA, the Minnesota Arborist Society (MSA We will help you learn about trees and be a safe and successful arborist. You can attend the MN Shade Tree Short Course ( each spring. We have our 50th Anniversary Short Course coming up in March. 50 years of learning and teaching arboriculture in MN. This is a two day conference that approximately 900 arborist from mostly Minnesota attending. These are people who care about trees and know about trees. Visit here to learn more about trees and how to hire an arborist.

poopypineNov. 13, 11 6:12 PM

amackent: Don't make general comments about cost of a license when you clearly don't know. It is $96 a year for the Minneapolis license and $33 for each additional vehicle. The ISA Certification is $250 every three years. Continuing education is free is you use free online CEU opportunities like "Online Seminars for Municipal Arborist)( The MN Short Course does take you away from work for two days and cost about $160 annually. Invest in your business and yourself. It pays off!

brianstrNov. 13, 11 6:27 PM

I can understand wanting an arborist for a living tree, but this guy was fined for helping clear a felled tree. He was a volunteer and he ended being fined for giving his time. Ridiculous.

notimeforyouNov. 13, 11 6:37 PM

The mpls inspection division could care less about homeowners or the people hired by them. They should all be fired, from the top down, and the dept can start over with QUALIFIED people !!

poopypineNov. 13, 11 6:54 PM

You are still doing potentially deadly work. Experience and insurance can really benefit all party's involved. Dolphy should get the ISA exam study guide, learn it, and take the exam in the next few months. He will expand his work area and can then volunteer his time all he would like. He can go to the MN Shade Tree Short Course in March, meet like 900 other people interested in arboriculture. He can meet hundreds of arborists who work locally and make some connections professionally. $160 to connect with city foresters and city workers, other tree businesses, other landscape businesses, research professionals and professors from university's across the country, dept of agriculture folks. All this with 6 hours of education a day.

SupervonNov. 13, 11 7:19 PM

Now, back on the farm, we pick up a chain saw and cut down the tree. If that doesn't work we root it out with a bulldozer. Why would I need some high-priced city hick to do that?

macgirl66Nov. 13, 11 7:53 PM

This seems to be a huge obstructionist policy. Will Dolphy be a better tree trimmer with a piece of paper in his hand? He has a successful business already. I agree that this is just an obstructionist law, since the law currently does not require the "licensed arborist" to be on site at a given job, just to be on staff. Therefore with larger companies, there is no guarantee that the man who comes to do your work is "the licensed arborist". So what's the difference between Dolphy doing your job and Joe Shmoe (who works for large company A and is also not a certified arborist) doing your tree job? It is up to the consumer to research who they are going to hire by finding out the company's reputation and asking if they are licensed or insured. Then they should be able to make up their own mind who they want to hire.


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