The Hennepin County Land and Water Unit is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners Program beginning in 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 and recertifying every 3 years.