The Iowa Community Tree Steward program (formerly know as the Master Community Tree Manager program) will be offered to residents of central and eastern Iowa in 1994. This educational program is sponsored by the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Council, in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension, the Forestry Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Trees Forever. The purpose of the program is to develop a network of highly motivated, well-trained volunteers to assist in the improvement and expansion of community tree resources in Iowa. No registration fee is charged to participants.
The Iowa Community Tree Steward program is intended for citizen volunteers, community forestry and parks staff, tree care professionals, utility company representatives, county conservation board staff, nursery and landscape professionals, and other interested individuals. The program will be offered simultaneously in eastern and central Iowa and consist of six, 4-hour training modules offered in six different locations in each region. Some of the topics to be covered include tree identification, tree anatomy and physiology, understanding the impact insects, diseases, and environmental stresses have on trees, up-to-date planting and maintenance recommendations, planting appropriate trees for a given site, tree inventories, hazard tree recognition, and developing community tree programs.
After completing all six modules, participants will receive an Iowa Community Tree Steward certificate. Each graduate will then be expected to contribute at least 24 hours of public service in their community or region.
For additional information about the Iowa Community Tree Steward program, contact Jeff Iles, Extension Horticulturist (515/294-0029) or Paul Wray, Extension Forester (515/294-1168).
This article originally appeared in the March 2, 1994 issue, p. 18.