The Citizen Forester program is looking for self-motivated citizens interested in environmental education and activity “rooted” in and around trees. With the spring storms and tree damage, planting trees is even more important to help increase the tree canopy in the Chattanooga area. Persons trained as a citizen forester will become involved in Take Root’s mission to increase awareness of the fundamental role that trees play in the local environment and provide citizens with hands-on training in tree planting and care.
In addition to the valuable knowledge of planting and caring for trees around their homes and in their neighborhoods, citizen foresters will receive two free trees to plant, grow, and sustain. Citizen Forester enables individuals to become knowledgeable stewards of their personal tree canopies, the trees that surround, shade, and beautify their yards and homes.
Classes will be held on Saturday afternoons from 1-5 PM during the fall months of September and October. You may select one of the many sessions offered throughout the Chattanooga area. Class size is limited, so don’t delay. Sign ups will begin on July 15 through the Take Root website here and will be offered on a first come first serve basis or you can sign up at the Citizen Forester Launch Party on July 14. For details about the Launch Party, download a brochure here.
When and Where
- September 3, 2011 1-5 PM UT Agricultural Extension Office (the “Ag Center”)
- September 10, 2011 1-5 PM Reflection Riding/Chattanooga Nature Center
- September 17, 2011 1-5 PM. The Bethlehem Center
- September 24, 2011 1-5 PM Rock City
- October 1, 2011 1-5 PM Crabtree Farms
- October 8, 2011 1-5 PM Cleveland, TN, TBA
- October, 15, 2011 1-5 PM Green|Spaces
- October 22, 2011 1-5 PM Greenway Farms
The registration fee is $25 and covers a Citizen Forester T-shirt, tree planting resources, a voucher for two free trees at a $100 value, and much other unique Citizen Forester swag.