Sherburne County Citizen Pruner


The Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District and the cities of Becker, Big Lake, Clear Lake, Elk River, Princeton and Zimmerman are 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.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 Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District.

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

Upcoming Citizen Pruner Training

Looking to get involved as a Citizen Pruner for Sherburne County?


Sherburne County Citizen Pruner Training in Elk River


Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Elk River Lions Park

                 1104 Lions Park Drive

                 Elk River, MN 55330

Cost: $25 per person - please mail cash or check to the Tree Care Advocate Program after registering to reserve your seat in the class

           Tree Care Advocate Program

           15 Green Hall

           1530 Cleveland Avenue North

           St. Paul, MN 55108-6112

What to Bring: A pen/pencil to take notes, close-toed shoes, gloves optional but recommended. Dress for the weather.

Light breakfast refreshments will be served. Lunch will be on your own.

Online Registration Form:


If you plan to register after March 11th, please fill out this registration form and bring your payment with to the training.


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


New Field Form!

Attention Citizen Pruners of Sherburne County! 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 Gina Hugo at


Citizen Pruner Resources

Hopefully everyone who attended training still has theirPDF icon Sherburne County Citizen Pruner Manual If not, they are attached in case you need another look or have misplaced yours. The city will be providing the Field Forms at pruning events and will be collecting them and sharing pruning specifics. Please, still enter your volunteer personal hours online on the Education & Volunteer Hours Reporting page.