The Citizen Pruner Program is designed to train citizen volunteers who work with their city to help prune trees for suckers, sprouts, and deadwood. Suckers and sprouts on city trees can block sight lines creating dangerous intersections. Citizen Pruners assist arborists and urban foresters to clear the small and easily accessible issues so city arborists can focus on tree removals and managing larger tree pruning needs. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification and basic pruning techniques. All volunteers receive training from the University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources in proper and safe pruning methods.
If you are interested in bringing the Citizen Pruner Program to your community, please have your local government unit fill out and return the following application to be reviewed by program coordinators.