Community Tree Steward Program offered

The Community Tree Steward Program will be offered through Iowa State University Webster County Extension and Outreach in May.

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.

The course 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 program was created to develop a network of trained volunteers to assist in the improvement and expansion of community tree resources in Iowa. The program compiles seven sessions beginning May 15 through June 20.

Registration deadline is April 24. Cost is $45 per person or $55 per couple; couples will share materials and book.

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.

For more information contact Mary Jo Wagner, Program Coordinator, ISU Webster County Extension & Outreach at 576-2119,, or Jesse Randall, ISU Extension & Outreach Forestry at 294-1168 or