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From Gary Johnson and Dave Hanson, UMN Department of Forestry
Contact information: Gary Johnson - johns054@umn.edu.


Volunteers needed in  Mora, Mankato, Saint Cloud, Worthington, Royalton, Bemidji, Fraxinus americana Autumn Purple form1.jpgStarbuck and Brainerd

Calling all tree huggers! Become a Community Tree Inventory Volunteer and help communities prepare for invasive pests by understanding how vulnerable they are to EAB. While not exclusively focused on ash trees (you'll be learning and evaluating all trees), you will learn such valuable skills as:
  • Identifying trees
  • Measuring trees
  • Determining the condition and value of trees
  • How to work with communities and homeowners as a Community Tree Inventory Volunteer
No experience or special knowledge required - just dedication volunteers who want to help your community. (Master Gardeners - get your friends and neighbors involved!)

Training:
  • 12-16 hrs education / training and counts toward Master Gardener continuing education hours
  • Taught by Urban Forestry staff - Gary Johnson & Dave Hanson
  • No class fees
  • Training includes an actual inventory of a city block

Quercus coccinea Scarlet Oak Form.jpgProvided:
  • T-shirts identifying you as a Community Tree Inventory Volunteer
  • Year-round technical support from faculty and staff
  • City support at regional resource centers including a dedicated site to pick up maps, enter data, etc.
No minimum volunteer hours required. However, hours spent volunteering as a Community Tree Inventory Volunteer may be counted as Master Gardener volunteer hours. A category will be added to the online reporting tool.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING AVAILABLE

8.5 hrs continuing education to become a Community Outreach Volunteers about urban forestry. By completing both the 12-16 hours and the additional 8. 5 hours of education, you will be certified as a Tree Care Advisor.

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