Julie is an artist with a background in forest ecology, ethnobotany, organic farming, printmaking and public projects. Currently through text, image and installation, she explores human/landscape relationships, and how they deepen a sense of selfhood and community. She is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She created the cut paper tree illustrations you see on this site.
Research Fellow, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
My research and outreach is focused on exploring new species and alternative nursery production and planting practices to enhance establishment and long-term success of young trees in urban and community forests. I am also involved with the Elm Selection Program: Minnesota which is focused on selecting, cloning, and screening Minnesota-native American, red, and rock elms as well as elms from worldwide sources for Dutch elm disease tolerance and suitability for the landscape.
Extension Professor - University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources
Urban Forester-City of Saint Paul
Zach is an Urban Forester with the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. He has a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota-College of Design and a BA in Biology from Saint John’s University.
Student in Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Minnesota
She is passionate about identifying tree pests & diseases and enjoys discovering new solutions to the problems trees face in the urban environment. Melissa lives in Minneapolis with her cat Fiona.
City of Minneapolis Arborist
This Is Folly
This Is Folly, a Minneapolis-based design firm, designed the Friendship Forest identity and website. This Is Folly is experienced in branding, signage, packaging, print and web design, and design for sustainability. This Is Folly partner and creative director, Holly Robbins, co-founded a Master of Arts in Sustainable Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Both This Is Folly principals have a long history in design for sustainability.