Extension offers Tree Steward Program

Iowa State University Forestry Extension is offering the Iowa Community Tree Steward Program to the residents of Webster 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 Webster 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 Jo Wagner, ISU Webster County Extension and Outreach, 576-2119; Randall at 294-1168 or randallj@iastate.edu; or visit the ISU Extension and Outreach Forestry website at www.forestry.iastate.edu. Applications are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/education/treesteward.html.

Application deadline is April 24, and class size is limited to the first 25 registrants.