News: County recruiting volunteers to become tree stewards

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Media contact: Alisa Reckinger, Environment and Energy, 612-348-4788

County recruiting volunteers to become tree stewards

Hennepin County, in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the City of St. Louis Park, is hosting classes this September for those interested in becoming tree stewards.

Tree stewards are trained volunteers who learn the basics of tree care and then have opportunities to participate in tree care and tree planting events in their community.

Tree stewards needed to help protect tree canopy

Trees and forests provide many benefits, including improved air and water quality, healthier communities, expanded wildlife habitat, reduced energy consumption, increased property value and reduced stormwater runoff.

However, trees throughout the county face a number of threats, including development, insects and diseases, climate extremes, and poor installation and maintenance.

Tree stewards take a lead in protecting the long-term health of urban forests by assisting other volunteers and working closely with county and city staff on tree-related projects.

Class details

  • Dates: Wednesday, September 6, 13 and 20
  • Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park
  • Cost: $25 per person

The class will cover the basics of tree biology and care, including tree identification, health, watering and pruning. The class will include a combination of classroom instructions and hands-on, outdoor field experience.

The class is open to the public, and no experience is needed. Participants must commit to attending all three training sessions to become certified tree stewards. The University of Minnesota will provide the necessary tools and safety equipment. Please dress appropriately for being outside.

Learn more and register

Visit and click on the “education and volunteer opportunities” tab.

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