Knoxville filled the job.
… of urban forester, anyway, which was created in the current annual budget out of a couple open positions the city had around. The thought, according to city staff, is to bring up the city’s tree stock, which suffered a big hit with a few huge storms in the past couple years. From the city release:
Kasey Krouse, who is currently an urban forester with Davey Resource Group in Fort Wayne, IN, will join the City of Knoxville Public Service Department on Dec. 3.
What does an urban forester do anyway? Sit in the sweet spot where pavement and trees hit each other. The gig earns $56,000 a year.
From Chad Weth, planning coordinator in the city public service department:
I think the position will have to build relationships. We know there’s a need, for Kasey to be the center of our outreach effort with the tree board and developing the relationship with the University of Tennessee, with his communication skills. And it’s good to have a passion for trees, but also understand that development happens.