Neighborhood Tree Steward training applications open

Neighborhood Tree Stewards receive free education from local arboriculture experts on a variety of tree-related topics.

VANCOUVER — Vancouver Urban Forestry invites area residents to become part of the city’s Neighborhood Tree Stewards Program.

Neighborhood Tree Stewards receive free education from local arboriculture experts on a variety of tree-related topics including: tree identification, tree biology, proper tree care, Vancouver tree regulations, tree planting, trees in our watersheds, and the overall benefits of trees. Stewards serve as liaisons to their neighborhood associations, providing tree-related advice and assisting with tree plantings or tree-related educational projects.

Neighborhood tree stewards learn about the trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver
Neighborhood tree stewards learn about the trees along the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver

The next Tree Stewards training sessions will take place from 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, from Oct. 5-Nov. 2, at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. Two Saturday morning field sessions are also planned for Oct. 14 and 21. Participation in Neighborhood Tree Steward training is limited to the first 15 applicants.

To request an application, call (360) 487-8308 or email urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us. Applications may also be downloaded from the City’s website at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry, through the Neighborhood Tree Stewards link.

Involved citizens are the key to growing and maintaining a healthy urban forest. Vancouver’s Urban Forestry Program, part of the city’s Department of Public Works, provides education and help to local residents and businesses by encouraging proper planting, watering, pruning and long-term tree care. Tree Stewards Training is coordinated by Vancouver’s Urban Forestry program in partnership with Friends of Trees, Clark Public Utilities, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery, AKS Engineering and Forestry, Vancouver Watersheds Alliance, and Arborscape Tree Care.

For information or questions, call (360) 487-8308, email urbanforestry@cityofvancouver.us or visit the Urban Forestry website at www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.

Information courtesy of city of Vancouver.

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