Sherburne County Citizen Pruner

About

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? Participants in this course will learn how to interact with the public, information to identify specific tree species, details on restricted species and when to prune these trees, and proper pruning practices to ensure your safety and good health for the trees you are pruning.

 

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.

 

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 info@mntca.org. 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 ghugo@sherburneswcd.org.

 

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.