Hennepin County Citizen Pruner


The Hennepin County Land and Water Unit has been partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruner Program since 2017. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques. Tree pruning requires not only and understand of how to prune but also an understanding of the tree's biology to prevent the spread of certain diseases. If you enjoy being outdoors, love trees and your community, this is an opportunity for you to get involved in your urban forest. Course material will be taught by University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department staff alongside the Hennepin County Land and Water Unit.


Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year or attending 3 city-hosted events and must recertify every 3 years by completeing an updated recertification assessment.


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Contact Information

For more information about volunteering, please contact:

Tree Care Advocate Program: info@mntca.org 

Hennepin County:                                               Jen Kullgren, Jen.Kullgren@hennepin.us          or at (612) 596-1175.

Upcoming Citizen Pruner Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for the City of Minneapolis?


There are currently no training workshops scheduled at this time. You are welcome to check back to see when those are schedule or feel free to e-mail info@mntca.org and let us know that you are interested in getting on the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be the first contacted regarding new opportunities.


Thank you for your interest and we look foward to sharing upcoming opportunities in Minneapolis!


Citizen Pruner Resources

Everyone who attended Citizen Pruner training in Minneapolis received a paper copy of the Citizen Pruner Manual. A digital copy of the manual, powerpoint, and field form are available below. Also, check out the Reference Materials webpage to find more helpful resources regarding tree care.


PDF icon Hennepin County Citizen Pruner Manual

PDF icon Hennepin County Citizen Pruner Presentation

PDF icon Hennepin County Field Form