December 22, 2008 |

Learn to become a Tree Tender in 2009

Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (FPUF) has announced its 2009 offerings of Tree Tender courses throughout the city.

Tree Tenders learn to plant and care for young street trees, increasing a tree's chance of survival and prolonging their life in the urban environment. FPUF is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the city's vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through community tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy.

According to the 2005 City of Pittsburgh Street Tree Inventory, the city has approximately 30,000 street trees, and over 3,000 of those trees have been removed due to disease, vandalism or neglect. Thousands more trees are at risk of being removed if they do not receive much needed care. FPUF and the City Forestry Division are working to improve the urban forest, but residents can play an important role in increasing its health and reversing its decline.

Registration for Tree Tender courses is open online at www.PittsburghForest.org/TreeTenders. Local tree experts provide instruction, and the course covers everything from tree biology to planting and pruning. 

The cost of the course is $40, which covers three evening sessions, dinner, and materials, and scholarships are available. Participants may sign-up for continuing education workshops that cover pruning and tree identification in greater detail.

Upon completion of an additional 10 hours of volunteer participation at FPUF tree care and planting events, Tree Tenders will receive a pair of hand pruners.

Join friends and neighbors in caring for and planting trees in the community. For more information visit www.pittsburghforest.org/TreeTenders, or contact Caitlin Lenahan at FPUF: caitlin@pittsburghforest.org , 412-362-6360.

Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest 2009 Tree Tender Course Schedule:

All courses run from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

• Tuesdays, February 10, 17 and 24 at Allegheny Center Alliance Church, 250 East Ohio St. on the North Side

• Wednesdays, May 13, 20 and 27, at the Homewood Library—7101 Hamilton Ave

• Thursdays, July 16, 23 and 30 at CCI Center, 64 South 14th Street in South Side

• September 15, 22 and 29 at St. Matthew's Parish on 57th Street in Lawrenceville

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