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? The next training available to learn about tree identification, restricted species, best pruning practices, and more with a combined indoor and outdoor field session is coming up in September. Morning refreshments will be provided. Lunch is on your own.

Check out the details below and how to register.

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Big Lake City Hall - 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN 55309

RSVP: Fill out the PDF icon Sherburne County Citizen Pruner Registration Form and mail it in to reserve your seat!

What to Bring: Walking shoes, a lunch, water, gardening gloves (optional)


New Field Form!

Attention Citizen Pruners of Sherburne County! There is a new PDF 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 their PDF icon Citizen Pruner Manualand remembers the PDF icon Field Formfor Citizen Pruner Events. 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.