Our Plant Health Specialists

You don't know what you've got 'til its gone.

In May, all three Seasonal Plant Health Specialist positions were lost due to budgetary cuts in the Division of Forestry. Unlike the song lyrics, we did know what we would be losing. These three people were the backbone and muscle of our summer survey work, homeowner calls and special projects. Readers will miss their excellent Newsletter articles.

Bob Tiplady worked out of Brainerd for 34 summers. Roger Hannigan worked out of Bemidji for 27 summers. Mark Platta worked out of Brainerd for 3 summers. They covered all counties north of the Twin Cities and sometimes ventured into the southeastern counties.

Bob Tiplady

Roger Hannigan

Mark Platta

photo of Plant Health Specialist Bob Tiplady. photo of Plant Health Specialist Roger Hannigan. photo of Plant Health Specialist Mark Platta.

More than anything else, we'll miss their friendship.