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Tree steward series set for May 16 start

By Staff | Mar 13, 2013

AMES – Iowa State University Forestry Extension is offering the Iowa Community Tree Steward Program to the residents of Webster and all surrounding counties beginning May 16.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 8. Class locations will vary depending on the subject matter, but will primarily occur at Kennedy Park, the Iowa Arboretum, and the City of Jewell.

Participants completing the program training and community service aspect will become certified Iowa Community Tree Stewards.

“The program is intended for citizens and professionals who wish to learn more about trees and tree care,” said Jesse Randall, an ISU Extension forester. “The program includes training in both classroom and field settings and plenty of ideas for completing the required volunteer service component.”

The seven classes of the course cover topics that include tree identification, tree selection, pruning, planting, disease and insect management, hazard tree assessment, all while participants learn street tree inventory methods.

In addition to training, each graduate is expected to contribute back 28 hours of volunteer service to the local community. Options for volunteer service hours will be identified during the class. ISA CEU’s are available for this class.

For more information, contact Mary Jo Wagner, ISU Webster County Extension at (515) 576-2119, Jesse Randall at (515) 294-1168.

More information and the application can be found on the main ISU Forestry Extension website at www.forestry.iastate.edu.

Application deadline is April 24 and class size is limited to the first 25 registrants.

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