Providence Citizen Foresters


The Providence Parks Department’s Forestry Division and PNPP are excited to launch Providence Citizen Foresters, an opportunity for tree-loving residents in and around the city to further engage with and tend to our urban forest!

The Citizen Forester program will offer technical training focused specifically on the care of young, urban trees. It will authorize those who complete the program to help steward our young city trees and become leaders in the Providence tree community.

OUR NEXT TRAINING IS APRIL 18th, 2017 —

READ ON BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO APPLY.

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CITIZEN FORESTER TRAININGS:

The first round of Citizen Forester Trainings will take place in October 2016. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and trainings cycles will take place on a twice-annual basis.


 

Anyone who has:

  • Completed the Rhode Island Tree Steward Program (or a comparable program in another municipality or state)
  • Worked in the field of Landscaping/Arboriculture/Forestry
  • Completed a Master Gardeners Certification Program
  • Participated as a PNPP Neighborhood Tree Leader
  • Demonstrated a level of knowledge & experience equivalent to the above (to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

 

WHAT DOES CITIZEN FORESTER TRAINING INVOLVE?

Successfully completing a two-hour hands-on field training session. Trainings will take place in selected neighborhoods throughout the city, and will cover the issues and challenges facing urban trees, tree pit care, mulching & watering, and basic pruning techniques for training young trees.

 

WHAT ARE CITIZEN FORESTERS AUTHORIZED TO DO?

Once certified, Citizen Foresters will receive an ID Badge/Membership Card. They are then authorized to  engage in feet-on-the-ground pruning and maintenance of young city street & park trees, participate in urban forestry outings and projects, and act as a community liaison, resource, and advocate for a healthy urban forest!

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

CLICK HERE for the online application form. (If you would like to submit a paper application, download HERE, and mail completed form to: Citizen Foresters – C/O Providence Neighborhood Planting Program –  P.O. Box 5897, Providence, RI 02903)

For questions or more information about the Citizen Forester Program, please contact PNPP Director Cassie Tharinger at ctharinger@pnpp.org.

 

Providence Citizen Foresters is made possible through a grant to the City of Providence from the Raleigh-Providence Tree Care Trust of the Rhode Island Foundation

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