The Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District and the cities of Becker, Big Lake, Clear Lake, Elk River, Princeton, and Zimmerman are partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners pilot program. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques. Tree pruning requires not only an understanding of how to prune but also an understanding of the tree's biology to prevent the spread of certain diseases. If you enjoy being outdoors, love trees and your community, this is an opportunity for you to get involved in your urban forest. Course material will be taught by University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department staff alongside the Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District.

Training Details

  • General Information: This training will be split between two days. Day 1 will consist of a 1 1/2 hour Zoom presentation. Day 2 will consist of a 3-hour field session to practice the skills needed to properly prune. Due to social distancing guidelines, we will limit each field session to 5 volunteers. When you register, you will select the field session you would like to attend. 
  • Fee: $15 per person 
  • Day 1 Details: March 5th, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Zoom presentation).
  • Day 2 Details: March 6th, 2021 from 8:30am to 11:30am (Field Session 1) and 1:30pm to 4:30pm (Field Session 2). Field sessions will take place at Elk River Regional Library (13065 Orono Parkway NW, Elk River, Minnesota, 55330)
  • Post-Training: You will be asked to complete a competency assessment at home after training to receive your certificate of completion and your volunteer ID card. This assessment is open book.

If you have any questions about this training, please email info@mntca.org.

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