Minneapolis Citizen Pruner


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Forestry Department is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners pilot program. Citizen Pruners are trained in tree identification, biology, and pruning techniques. 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 Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Forestry Department.

Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year.

Upcoming Citizen Pruner Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for the City of Minneapolis? The next trainings scheduled will assist you to learn about tree identification, restricted species, best pruning practices, safety, and interacting with the public. The training will be laid out in a half indoor and half outdoor field session to help you become more comfortable with the information and the skills you will learn.

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

Hopefully everyone who attended training still has theirPDF icon Minneapolis Citizen Pruner Manual If not, it is attached in case you need another look or have misplaced yours. The city will be providing the PDF icon Minneapolis Field Form at pruning events and will be collecting them and sharing them so we can track your hours for you at this time. Please, still enter your volunteer personal hours online on the Education & Volunteer Hours Reporting page.


Independent Pruning Opportunities

Individuals that have completed the Citizen Pruner Training Program for the City of Minneapolis are eligible to perform independent pruning on boulevard and park trees. The following guide provides answers to questions as you pursue independent pruning to ensure a safe and productive experience for all parties involved. Your willingness to volunteer as a Citizen Pruner is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns after reading through the document, you can contact the MPRB Forestry Department at forestry@minneapolisparks.org or Callie Cloutier at CCloutier@minneapolisparks.org.

PDF icon 2017 Minneapolis Independent Pruning Guide