About the Tree Steward Program
The Tree Steward Program is one of our two programs (along with the Tree Care Advisor program) that aids in the development of environmentally-focused residents through education and the promotion of volunteerism.
This is a community-based program where city/county staff or representatives request bringing in Tree Steward education. This education allows residents to get involved with caring for their community's public urban and community trees through volunteerism. Essentially, Tree Steward volunteers act as leaders in their community and act as a second pair of eyes within their community.
Tree Steward volunteers can be trained in a wide array of topics related to trees. This education can include, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Properly planting trees and leading others at planting events
- Properly pruning young trees to improve the overall health and structure
- Pruning suckers and sprouts from young and mature trees to ensure safety and proper sightlines for the public
- Watering devices available for use and the benefits of utilizing watering devices for young and newly planted trees
- Installation of watering devices on public trees
- Identification of common tree diseases and pests
- How to identify trees of concern - we want to keep the public safe!
- How to report trees of concern to your community so action can be taken
(Note: The Tree Steward program has absorbed the citizen pruner program.)