Trees Knoxville’s second Volunteer Forester Training begins Monday, Sept. 18, and ends Monday, Oct. 9, with four three-hours sessions on consecutive Mondays meeting at different locations in the city, the first at the Public Service Complex at 3131 Morris Road.
Tom Welborn, president of Trees Knoxville, says this training will be especially helpful for those in the landscape business. Arborists and tree professionals will assist in the training. Volunteers will learn about tree selection and proper tree planting, the science and art of tree pruning, and tree health and invasive species.
While Knoxville and Knox County have a greater tree canopy than many other urban areas, parts of the city and county need more trees, especially within the inner-city neighborhoods of the city and along the west Knoxville commercial corridor. Trees Knoxville aims to increase the tree canopy of Knoxville and Knox County through the help of Volunteer Foresters who know how to plant and care for trees.
Those who complete the training program are certified as Trees Knoxville Volunteer Foresters. Trees Knoxville needs trained volunteer to lead other volunteers in its upcoming tree planting projects in Knoxville. Also, the Volunteer Foresters can help prune and manage trees during a tree’s critical first years after planting.
CEU credit is available for completion of the Volunteer Forester training sessions. Registration for the training sessions is $50, payable at the first session. Register at Trees Knoxville on Facebook.