Iowa Community Tree Steward Program Offered in Polk County

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Forestry is offering the Iowa Community Tree Steward Program to the residents of Polk and all surrounding counties beginning May 1. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings for seven consecutive weeks from 6 to 10 p.m. at various locations around Polk County. Participants completing the program training and community service will become certified Iowa Community Tree Stewards.

“The Iowa Community Tree Steward Program is intended for citizens and professionals who wish to learn more about trees and tree care,” said Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 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.

For more information, contact Mary Farlow, ISU Polk County Extension at 515-957-5761, Jesse Randall at 515-294-1168 or randallj@iastate.edu, or visit the ISU Extension and Outreach Forestry website at www.forestry.iastate.edu. Applications are available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/education/treesteward.html. Application deadline is April 9 and class size is limited to the first 30 registrants.

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