About Us

Welcome to the Tree Care Advocate website! If you are committed to volunteerism, to helping make your community and state a healthier place to live, and if you think that trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and other natural resources add to the quality of life in your community, then you've found a home.

Since the program began as a two-year pilot projected funded by the USDA Forest Service in 1993, hundreds of people from Minnesota and Western Wisconsin have completed the training. More importantly, in excess of 102,000 documented volunteer hours have been contributed by the Minnesota Tree Care Advisors since 1993 and in excess of 1,800 documented volunteer hours have been contributed by the Minnesota Citizen Pruners since 2013.

The intent of the program is to develop a network of trained, community-based volunteers to assist the University of Minnesota, the state Master Gardener program, and county extension offices, as well as other State agencies and municipalities in promoting urban and community forestry to all residents of Minnesota.

If you are interested in gaining an in depth understanding of your urban forest and are committed to volunteerism, look at what it takes to participate as a Tree Care Advisor, Citizen Pruner, and Tree Steward.