Portland, OR (December 1, 2010)- Tree Board University, a new online training program, was unveiled at the recent Partners in Community Forestry National Conference. This unique training was designed specifically for members of local planning commissions, parks boards, beautification committees, urban forestry commissions, or other local advisory committees that deal with tree issues.
“Tree Board University is a great place for new tree board members to get oriented to serving on a tree board, or for existing tree board members to gain new insights into how to be more organized, efficient, and effective”, said Paul D. Ries, state Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry and one of the Tree Board University Curriculum Development Team members. While Tree Board U is designed specifically for the more than 21,000 citizens currently serving on a tree advisory committee somewhere in the US, it is open to anyone.
There are eight courses in the Tree Board University curriculum, which covers partnerships, collaboration, marketing and communications, urban forestry planning, tree board effectiveness, how to manage tree board projects, and much, much more. The course material includes videos, archived webcasts, intensive reading materials, and self-assessment activities. Throughout the curriculum, participants take quizzes and complete assignments prior to moving on to the next course, working at their own pace.
Upon “graduation”, Tree Board University participants can print off a completion certificate and are invited to join an online community of fellow Tree Board University graduates. This community of like-minded tree enthusiasts is a place where sharing, networking and additional learning can take place.
Tree Board University is a free training program, primarily thanks to funding provided through the USDA Forest Service upon the recommendation of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. To sign up for the Tree Board University courses, visit www.treeboardu.org
New Online Learning Opportunity for Tree Board Members