Tom Rodhe, City Arborist…also known as our City’s ‘Tree Hugger’!
Tom’s employ began with the City in 2007 as our City’s first Arborist. Previously Tom’s experience was as a landscape supervisor for the City of Richfield. Our city’s arborist responsibility is to maintain all street trees, city owned landscape property, our city parks (over 360 acres) as well design efforts for such sites. Tom holds certification as an arborist whereby continuing education is mandated annually.
Tom’s enjoyment for the outdoors certainly compliments his field of interest as our City’s Arborist. He thoroughly enjoys working with our residents addressing their concerns to insure proper care is given for tree preservation. Tom stated first and foremost, “the ultimate goal is tree preservation”.
Tom is also responsible for outreach funding efforts such as grant writing which is one of his favorite aspects of his job. Tom has applied for grant monies needed for the Memorial Park renovation, ash tree and Sugar Bush projects.
Recently, as you may be aware, Tom has been addressing the emerald ash boor concerns. He keeps himself apprised of any new and possibly upcoming diseases to hit our great State such as the new Asian long horned beetles that eat maple trees.
In Tom’s spare time he enjoys taking a lot of road trips across the U.S. Tom also stated he is looking forward to one of his son’s, Josh, getting married next year and was excited talking about those plans.
We congratulate Tom and his dedication to enhancing and preserving our City’s tree-scape as we enter the 17th year Nationally recognized as the ‘Tree City’.