Up With Trees Offers ‘Citizen Forester’ Program

Tulsa area residents who would like to learn more about trees and help make Tulsa a more livable and beautiful community are invited to take part in a new program, the Up With Trees Citizen Forester Program.
Tulsa’s top arborists – experts from Up With Trees, the City of Tulsa, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, the OSU Extension Office and Tulsa Community College – have collaborated to develop this course modeled on Tulsa’s renowned Master Gardener program.
Citizen Foresters will receive 16 hours of training, learning how to identify tree species, how to plant and maintain trees, and the value of urban forestry awareness and education. Program graduates will become part of an elite volunteer corps that will plant, maintain, prune and inventory trees in parks and other locations.
“We’ve seen a tremendous interest in trees in general since the 2007 ice storm destroyed so many Tulsa trees,” said Up With Trees Executive Director Anna America. “I think people are really starting to understand how important trees are to making Tulsa a livable and healthy community, and they want to get involved and help. This program is going to be a great way to not only educate people, but to develop a group of volunteers who can really help make a difference in taking care of our public trees.”
The “P’s of Trees” Citizen Forester classes (focusing on Planning, Planting, Preserving and Promoting Tulsa’s urban forest) will be held at the new Up With Trees building at 1102 S. Boston Ave.
Participants will take short walks to nearby downtown tree sites for hands-on field applications as part of each session. All classes will be taught by certified arborists and professionals including local collegiate faculty and city officials. The cost for the program is a tax-deductible donation of $50, which includes all materials. Classes will be held 8 am-noon, four Wednesdays in a row, March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15, with a lunch provided by Up With Trees after class on the last day.
To be certified as a Citizen Forester, graduates will be asked to invest 20 hours of volunteer work annually – in the field, in the Up With Trees warehouse, or at events – and to take five hours of continuing education each year.
In addition to the training and class materials, Citizen Foresters will receive free admittance to continuing education courses, a one-year Up With Trees Membership, including UWT car decal, and a limited-edition Up With Trees Citizen Forester shirt, as well as the opportunity to join a Tulsa tree-identification nature hike hosted by a Tulsa arborist.



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