Our MNLA community has lost a leader and a friend to many in the Minnesota green industry. On July 22, Mark Stennes passed away after a two year battle with liver cancer. Mark demonstrated an innovative and passionate approach to tree care in his career.
Mark received MNLA's Special Service Award in January this year for giving of himself personally and professionally over a long period of time to make the nursery and landscape business a better industry. During the Awards ceremony, MNLA President Debbie Lonnee said, “Stennes has led the charge to ensure that Minnesota trees are happy and healthy and can be enjoyed by generations to come. His leadership and passion for advancing tree research and education is second to none.”
In the May issue of The Scoop this year, Luke Midura reflected on the impact Mark had on his own career, and his love and understanding of trees. He also wrote about the first public planting of St. Croix elm, a Minnesota elm specimen that tolerates Dutch elm disease, discovered by Mark in 2002 and currently in production with release slated for 2015.