Monday, March 16, 2015

New volunteer corps will care for trees

A new program called Alaska Community Tree Stewards will train people to care for Alaska's trees and forests.

A workshop will be held May 5-19 from 5:45 to 9 p.m. at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service Tanana Valley District office, 724 27th Ave. in Fairbanks. Registration is limited to the first 25 people who apply.

This is a basic introduction to urban tree care, however, arborists, foresters and other tree care professionals are welcome to attend, practice skills and share knowledge with others.

Certificates will be given to those who attend all sessions and pass an open-book test. Participants are also asked to volunteer 15 hours during the next year on community forestry projects.

Learn about:
• tree biology — how trees work
• selecting trees and shrubs for Fairbanks
• selecting the right tree for the site
• planting and caring for trees and shrubs
• tree and shrub identification
• problem diagnosis
• insect and disease prevention & treatment
• pruning — why, how, and when
• volunteer opportunities

There will be outdoor, hands-on practice in tree identification, planting and pruning.

International Society of Arboriculture continuing education credits will be offered for ISA certified arborists.

Applications and the class syllabus are available online or at the Division of Forestry office at 3700 Airport Way in Fairbanks. A $25 fee helps cover the costs of materials, publications and refreshments.

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 28. Send to or mail to:
Alaska Division of Forestry 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1450 Anchorage, AK 99501.

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