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Volunteer Opportunities will be posted as they become available. contact Gabbi with questions (515) 294-1153


 

 


 


Iowa Community Tree Steward

What is it?

It's 24 hours of intensive training in community tree management. In both classroom and field settings (hands-on), you will learn: basic tree identification, species selection, tree planting, tree care and maintenance, pest management, value assessment, inventory techniques, program planning, funding, and implementation, and much more. For a quick overview of the program, click here(link coming soon).

Who is it for?

The Community Tree Steward Program is intended to serve citizen volunteers.  Others who may attend include community forestry and park staff, tree care professionals, utility company representatives, and county conservation board staff.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be offered through the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Certified Arborists: 20+ hrs
- Certified Utility Specialists: 3 hrs
- Certified Municipal Specialist: 20+ hrs
- BCMA Practice: 11.5 hrs
- BCMA Science: 6.5 hrs
- BCMA Management: 5.5 hrs
*Exact CEU's will be dependent on the final length of the Community tree inventory workshop.

How is the program set up?

The program, includes six 3 hr training sessions, over a six week period based out of the Des Moines Water Works but will travel to local nurseries, parks, conservation areas. Completion of the Iowa Community Tree Steward program will require participants to contribute 24 volunteer hours back to your community forests within one year of course completion.

What does it cost?

The program costs $65.00 per person .  In addition, the graduates are expected contribute 24 volunteer hours focused on improving and expanding community tree resources. Over 400 graduates of the program have donated in excess of 11,500 hours of community service back to their communities.

Why should you become involved?

The benefits are many. Most importantly, you will become a community leader and a source of knowledge about Iowa's trees. You can then: teach our youth, host ISU Extension meetings for homeowners, and develop and implement a sound community forest plan for your community. You also receive an extensive reference notebook, and participate in day long community tree inventory workshop with refreshments and lunch provided.

Who should you contact?

Gabbi Edwards, ISU Urban Forestry Extension Specialist
Phone: 515-294-1153
gedwards@iastate.edu