Registration open for tree tender courses


Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (FPUF) is offering 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 more than 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 Local tree experts provide instruction, and the course covers everything from tree biology to planting and pruning. A $40 donation is requested to participate in the course, and scholarships are available.

The course includes three evening sessions. Dinner will be provided at each session, and participants will receive a Tree Tender safety vest and certificate upon successful completion of the program. Participants may sign-up for continuing education workshops that cover pruning and tree identification in greater detail. Upon completion of an additional ten hours of volunteer participation at FPUF tree care and planting events, Tree Tenders will receive a pair of hand pruners.

Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest Tree Tender Course Schedule:

• Tuesdays July 29, August 5, and 12 targeting Carrick and the South Side.

• Thursdays September 4, 11, and 18 targeting North Point Breeze, Park Place, Homewood and Squirrel Hill.

• Tuesdays September 23, 30, and October 7 targeting Marshall-Shadeland, Mexican War Streets, Brighton Road, & Federal Street.

Visit http://www.pittsburghforest. org/TreeTenders or email to learn more.


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