Providence Citizen Foresters


In Fall 2016 the Providence Parks Department’s Forestry Division and PNPP together launched Providence Citizen Foresters. This program offers technical training to tree-loving residents in and around the city, focused specifically on stewarding young trees, and offers the opportunity to engage with our urban forest and become leaders in the Providence tree community! Volunteers who complete the program are authorized to prune and maintain young city street & park trees, in accordance with PCF policies and guidelines.


CITIZEN FORESTER APPLICATION / TRAININGS:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and trainings will take place approximately every 6-8 weeks during the Spring, Summer & Fall (or as demand/interest dictates).

Like the PNPP Facebook Page for additional updates & announcements about Citizen Forester Trainings and Activities, and read on below for more details and TO APPLY.


FAQs:

Q: WHY DO WE NEED CITIZEN FORESTERS? 

A: Young and newly planted trees require care in order to survive and thrive. Approximately 600 or more new trees are planted each year along the City’s streets and in its parks, and while City tree crews do all they can to keep up with the maintenance of our urban forest, the young trees often do not get the optimal amount of care and attention in the first 3 – 5 years of growth, a critical stage in their development.

Through the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and other urban/environmental networks, a robust community of dedicated and engaged advocates for our city “treescape” already exists. The City Forester Program will allow this community to grow and engage further in our City’s forestry program and the urban forest in general.

 

Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A CITIZEN FORESTER? 

A: 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).

 

Q: WHAT DOES CITIZEN FORESTER TRAINING INVOLVE?

A: 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.

 

Q: WHAT ARE CITIZEN FORESTERS AUTHORIZED TO DO?

A: 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!

 

Q: HOW DO I APPLY?

A: 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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