AMES, Iowa -- Twenty-three Polk County residents have recently completed the Iowa Community Tree Steward Program.
This educational program involves 24 hours of intensive community forestry instruction designed specifically for citizen volunteers, community forestry and park staff, tree care professionals, utility company representatives, and county conservation board staff.
Course instruction focuses on various aspects of community tree management including tree and shrub identification, basic tree biology, species selection, pest management, value assessment, tree planting, inventory techniques, program planning, funding, and implementation.
The Iowa Community Tree Steward Program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, ISU Forestry Extension, the Forestry Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Community and Urban Forestry Council, and Trees Forever.
To date, 703 individuals have graduated from this program since it started in 1992, and nearly 25,000 public service hours have been contributed. For more information, contact Tivon Feeley, Extension Forester, Iowa State University, 339 Science II, Ames, IA 50011, phone (515) 294-6739 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
The following individuals have completed the course:
Jim and Mary Bernau, Altoona
Ryan Burlingame, Waukee
Jennifer Darling, Urbandale
Cindy Dengle, West Des Moines
Janet Doty, West Des Moines
Linda Dugan, Des Moines
Will Ekwall, Waukee
Will and Mary Farlow, West Des Moines
Christie Flickinger, Des Moines
Rick Hanson, Redfield
Cheryl Hood, Runnels
Wayne Kautzky, Colfax
David Kent, Des Moines
Douglas and Beverly Kern, Johnston
Val Meadows, Des Moines
Mary Noss Reavely, Des Moines
Virginia Soelberg, Johnston
Chad Sutherland, Winterset
Cheryl Thompson, Des Moines