Rochester Citizen Pruner


The City of Rochester, Minnesota is partnering with the University of Minnesota Forest Resources Department on the Citizen Pruners pilot program. Rochester was the first community to adopt this pilot program in 2013 and it has been growing ever since. 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 City of Rochester.

Citizen Pruners are responsible for submitting 10 volunteer hours a year and recertifying every 3 years.

Upcoming Citizen Pruning Training

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


Rochester Citizen Pruner Training 2020

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm (lunch on your own from 11:30 to 12:30)

Location: Bob Fick Room, Rochester Recreation Center (21 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55904)

Fee: $25 (for printed materials and handouts)

Additional Details: Please note that this class will be held both indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. You must be 18 or older to participate unless supervised by an adult (children supervised do not need to register and we require one adult for each child). Classes are capped at 20 adults.

What to Bring: We advise bringing a pencil for taking notes, winter attire, and gloves.

Registration & Payment: Rochester Citizen Pruner Online Registration and Payment Portal

Registration Note: You may need to create an account. If you encounter any issues accessing or creating an account, please contact UMN IT Help at 612-301-4357. Make sure you mention that you are using a guest account for accurate service.


If you have any questions about registration including the preference for in-person payment, please contact Ashley Reichard at


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to sharing upcoming opportunities in Rochester!

New Field Form!

Attention Citizen Pruners of Rochester! There is a newPDF icon Field Form to use when pruning in your community. The new Field Form is meant to reflect the changes in data collection that the University of Minnesota is asking volunteers to report. Lucky for you, it consists of mainly checking boxes and providing a few details on who participated and when you were out pruning. Just don't forget to log your pruning data as a group and to have one group member report that information via the online reporting form or by scanning the original copies to If you have any questions regarding this change, do not hesitate to check in with the Volunteer Programs Coordinator.


Pruning Events

Currently, there are no pruning events scheduled at this time. If you are interested in completing some field work independently, please contact the Rochester Forestry Department at


Citizen Pruner Resources

Hopefully everyone who attended training still has their PDF icon Citizen Pruner Manual. If not, it is attached in case you need another look or have misplaced yours.