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Tree Study Goes International

Tree Study Goes International

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A trip to Russia is in store for two Minot students.

They'll be traveling with a Central Campus teacher to talk about their study of trees.

Bonnie Campo reports.

The Minot Flood isn't a memory many like to dwell on, but Brandon Christman and Allison Rabe saw an opportunity.

(Allison Rabe, Senior Minot High) "It was a terrible event and I am glad that we could take something positive from it and now we can show other people what trees to plant, what kind, and how tall you want them to be so we can mitigate damage in the future."

So how did they find out about this conference? With a little help from Minot State University.

(Joe Super, Central Campus Teacher) "Across my desk in the spring a flyer about the junior forestry contest in Russia. I knew that there was a professor at the college that did research on trees. He proceeded to get together with him and measured some trees in Oak Park and then they wrote up a paper about on it, and the paper was accepted by the Russian Federation for the United States."

They walked away with some novel knowledge.

(Allison Rabe, Senior Minot High School) "Tree height was also the greatest factor. So the taller the tree obviously the less it is going to sustain damage."

They found out they were going to Russia around 3 weeks ago, and because of U.S. tensions with Russia, the US Forest Service can not pay the scholarship for the students air fare like they have done previous years.

(Joe Super, Teacher Central Campus) "The school has agreed to pay for our airfare and getting over there. Getting our visas and all, and we through fundraising we pay back throughout the year. We will be trying to raise between 5 and 6 thousand dollars. We have about $1,600 so far."

Rabe believes that this is only the beginning for her science career.

(Allison Rabe, Senior Minot High School) "It's given me an opportunity to see what it's really like, doing an actually 20 page research paper. I found that it's quite fun actually to sound like a nerd, and I am looking forward to doing it in the future."

The Russian conference will be from September 8th through the 12th, and the students are only allowed to present in Russian or English. They are pretty sure they will choose English. In Minot, Bonnie Campo KX News.


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