PVD COMMUNITY TREE KEEPERS


    

 

In Fall 2016 the Providence Parks Department’s Forestry Division and PNPP together launched Providence Community Tree Keepers (formerly Providence Citizen Foresters). The program provides technical training on pruning and stewarding of young trees to residents who already have a basic understanding of gardening/plant biology or who have participated in tree planting/stewardship efforts before. It is a terrific opportunity to engage further with our urban forest and become a leader in the Providence tree community! Volunteers who complete the program are authorized to prune and maintain young city street & park trees, in accordance with PCTK policies and guidelines.


 |  FOR CURRENT PVD TREE KEEPERS


TREE KEEPER APPLICATION / TRAININGS:

Interested in becoming a PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY TREE KEEPER? The next training will be held on Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30pm (Locations TBD). Read the FAQs below, and consider applying to participate!

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 Providence Community Tree Keeper Trainings and Activities, and read on below for more details and TO APPLY.


FAQs:

Q: WHY DO WE NEED COMMUNITY TREE KEEPERS? 

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 partners and networks, a robust community of dedicated and engaged advocates for our city “treescape” already exists. The Tree Keeper program will allow this community to grow and engage further with our City’s forestry program and with the urban forest in general.

 

Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY TREE KEEPER? 

A: Anyone who has:

  • Completed the Rhode Island Tree Council’s 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 IF I HAVEN’T DONE OF ANY OF THOSE THINGS, BUT I’D STILL LIKE TO BE INVOLVED WITH TREES IN PROVIDENCE?!

A: We definitely recommend participating in the Rhode Island Tree Council’s Tree Steward Program–it’s a great foundation in all things tree-related, and you’ll learn a lot! You can also reach out to PNPP (info@pnpp.org) about ways to get involved as a volunteer with our neighborhood planting efforts, and begin to engage with Providence’s urban forest!

 

Q: WHAT DOES TREE KEEPER 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 TREE KEEPERS AUTHORIZED TO DO?

A: Once certified, Tree Keepers 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: PVD Community Tree Keepers – C/O Providence Neighborhood Planting Program –  P.O. Box 5897, Providence, RI 02903)

 


For questions or more information about Providence Tree Keepers, please contact PNPP at info@pnpp.org.

 

The Providence Community Tree Keeper program 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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