Posted on: November 6, 2017

Lakeville awarded a Minnesota GreenCorps member for 2017-2018


The City of Lakeville is fortunate to be one of only 40 Minnesota host sites to be awarded a full-time GreenCorps member to serve for the 2017-2018 season.

Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The program focuses on environmental topics such as energy conservation, green transportation, stormwater, urban forestry, local foods, living green, and waste prevention and recycling. Minnesota GreenCorps members are partnered with a host site and work on projects within those environmental topics.  

Hannah Tuomi is the Minnesota GreenCorps member that is serving with Lakeville until  August 2018. She will be working with the City Forester on projects related to urban forestry.

The projects include maintaining canopy and forest health, preparing for emerald ash borer (EAB), and educating and doing outreach to the community. So far, Hannah has been helping with the tree inventory of City parks and properties as well as shadowing the City Forester on tree inspections.

Since EAB has now been detected in Lakeville, a good portion of Hannah’s time will be spent helping the City tackle this issue.

The City was required to apply to the program with proposed projects that a GreenCorps member would work on. Lakeville was one of 100 to apply as a potential host site. There is no cost to the City for this position. The only requirement is the City Forester spending time training Hannah. We appreciate the extra help Hannah will provide to Lakeville!

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