Tree Stewards

First Class of Jefferson Tree Stewards, certified in January 2012

Jefferson’s City Forester is signing up people interested in becoming Jefferson Tree Stewards.

Jefferson Tree Stewards will be trained to properly mulch, prune, and inspect small and newly planted trees growing along city streets, in parks, and on city school campuses. With a goal of no net loss of trees, the City is fully implementing an annual tree planting program and could use help with basic maintenance of these new trees. Tree Stewards will free up Street Department staff time, save the city money, and ensure that routine maintenance on new trees is completed in a timely and quality manner.

To become a Tree Steward, you must:

  • Have an interest in trees and their care
  • Have the ability to donate at least 16 hours per year
  • (in 2-4 hour blocks and including training) to the
  • city’s maintenance program
  • Attend a basic tree maintenance workshop
  • Complete and pass a short test to become certified to work on city trees
  • Be physically able to work outside at least 2 hours
  • at a time, and be on your feet bending to spread pine
  • straw and reaching up to prune trees
  • Agree to follow all safety and procedural rules

Jefferson Tree Stewards will receive training, a completion certificate, and discounts on registration fees for any future city tree education programs and on the 2011 Heritage Tree Calendar. The city will supply all the materials and equipment necessary to complete the tree maintenance tasks in a safe and effective manner.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM, call or e-mail Connie Head, Jefferson City Forester, at 706.202.5279 or I’ll send you more information about the program, and then we can get to work keeping Jefferson growing greener!

How the Tree Stewards Got Started!

Thirteen people attended the training session, including Connie Head, Jefferson City Forester, who conducted the workshop; , Susan Russell, Jefferson City Arborist who assisted in the training; Jeff Killip, the City’s Public Work’s Director; Andy Mize, Street Department employee; Bob White, graduate student at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources;  and eight volunteers.  Bob White is studying urban forestry under Dr. Kim Coder, a world-renowned Professor of Community Forestry and Tree Health at Warnell, and is spending time with the City Forester and other urban forestry professionals to learn what urban and community foresters do.

At the end of the two-hour session, the volunteers took a test before being certified as Jefferson Tree Stewards, then spent an hour outdoors pruning trees at the Rec Center.  In addition to the trees at the Recreation Complex, Stewards will begin pruning and mulching trees at the Jefferson Civic Center, V. S. Hughey Park, City Park and around town along city streets where trees were planted under the scope of the City’s 2010 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant.

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