Volunteer Pruning Program Essentials

March 21, 2013
1:00-2:00pm EST
National Webcast

Municipalities often set parameters for who can maintain public trees, and in some cases partner with nonprofits to encourage safe pruning practices. With proper training and oversight, volunteer-led pruning can help public and non-profit tree professionals manage the growth and health of the urban forest. Pruning clubs also foster camaraderie among neighborhood green-thumbs and encourage residents to take ownership of local tree health.

Downloadable Resources:
Volunteer Pruning Program Essentials Resource List
Pruning Essentials Q&A With Linda

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Samuel A. Bishop II, Director of Education, TreesNY (New York, NY)
TreesNY is a non-profit whose mission includes engaging citizens in active stewardship to protect the health of New York City’s urban forest. Over the past 25 years TreesNY has trained over 11,000 Citizen Pruners in tree care, biology, identification, and pruning.

Linda Eremita, Forestry Education Manager, TreePeople (Los Angeles, CA)
TreePeople is a non-profit that trains and supports communities to plant and care for trees. Their Citizen Arborist Program develops local volunteer leaders by providing hands-on training in pruning, pest and disease management, identification, and anatomy.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Best practices to manage internal affairs
* Procedures to enhance board efficiency
* Encouraging creative employee growth
* Keeping an organization fluid through adaptation to internal changes
* Integrating a strategic plan into routine operations

About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.

The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour