Knoxville's urban forester plans tree tour in city neighborhoods

Knoxville's urban forester plans tree tour in city neighborhoods

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Urban forester Kasey Krause (right) talks trees with city workers. Urban forester Kasey Krause (right) talks trees with city workers.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Kasey Krause recently became Knoxville's first-ever urban forester.

While most people may not be familiar with that title, they are probably familiar with trees and the work that goes into maintaining them.

"There are so many different types of benefits that trees provide and to be able to expand upon those benefits is very important," said Krause.

Mayor Rogero has made keeping our trees healthy and expanding the tree population a key part of her administration. She budgeted $50,000 this year alone for planting new trees.

Krause's position was created out of two part-time public service positions that were no longer needed.

He has spent the last six years working on urban forestry projects in cities all across the eastern United States.

"Sometimes those would be tree inventories," said Krause. "Sometimes those would be establishing a management plan for those communities."

One of Krause's responsibilities will be protecting the city's trees from threats like the emerald ash borer. He's already got his eye on a new infestation attacking walnut trees in East Tennessee.

"That's a thousand cankers disease," said Krause. "That is in the area, it's in Knoxville and it is a concern as well very much like emerald ash borer."

Krause says it's important if you have a problem with your tree, whether its a hanging limb or a possible infestation to notify the city.

He's already been out checking trees and in the next few months he will be heading out into neighborhoods across the city.

If you have an issue with a tree on or near your property, call 311 for assistance.

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