Rochester Citizen Pruner

Upcoming Citizen Pruning Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for the City of Rochester?


Rochester Citizen Pruner Training 2020


The Rochester Citizen Pruner Training that was originally scheduled for March 28th and rescheduled to May 30th has now been canceled. The City of Rochester has decided to cancel all events currently in place for the foreseeable future due to concern over COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for those previously registered and we appreciate your understanding as to why this cancellation must occur.

If and when we are able to schedule the next Rochester Citizen Pruner Training and you are interested in participating, feel free to send an email to [email protected] letting us know. That way, we can notify you as soon as plans are in place to hold another training. 


If you have any questions about registration including the preference for in-person payment, please contact Ashley Reichard at [email protected]


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to sharing upcoming opportunities in Rochester!

New Field Form!

Attention Citizen Pruners of Rochester! There is a new Field Form (PDF)  to use when pruning in your community. The new Field Form is meant to reflect the changes in data collection that the University of Minnesota is asking volunteers to report. Lucky for you, it consists of mainly checking boxes and providing a few details on who participated and when you were out pruning. Just don't forget to log your pruning data as a group and to have one group member report that information via the online reporting form or by scanning the original copies to [email protected]. If you have any questions regarding this change, do not hesitate to check in with the Volunteer Programs Coordinator.


Pruning Events

Currently, there are no pruning events scheduled at this time. If you are interested in completing some field work independently, please contact the Rochester Forestry Department at [email protected].


Citizen Pruner Resources

Hopefully, everyone who attended training still has their Citizen Pruner Manual (PDF) . If not, it is attached in case you need another look or have misplaced yours.


The City of Rochester, Minnesota is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners pilot program. Rochester was the first community to adopt this pilot program in 2013 and it has been growing ever since. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques.Tree pruning requires not only and understand of how to prune but also an understanding of the tree's biology to prevent the spread of certain diseases. If you enjoy being outdoors, love trees and your community, this is an opportunity for you to get involved in your urban forest. Course material will be taught by University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department staff alongside the City of Rochester.

Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year and recertifying every 3 years.