2015 Central Rappahannock Tree Steward Course

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Posted by justtracy | Posted in Cooperative Extension, General Interest, Trees | Posted on 17-02-2015

The Stafford County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a Tree Steward Course beginning on March 10, 2015. 

The course consists of 13 sessions from March 10 through June 2 every Tuesday morning from 9am to noon at the Rowser Building (Stafford County Extension Office, 1739 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA). The course also includes 3 field trips: 2 at the University of Mary Washington Campus in Fredericksburg, VA and 1 at the Old Growth Forest at Montpelier in Orange, VA.

Registration is $125 and the deadline to register is February 27.  The class will be limited to 24 participants and there are no pre-requisites for the course.

To become a certified tree steward, you must complete the training class and then perform 20 hours of volunteer work for approved Tree Steward Projects.  In order to maintain certification and be an active member, you must perform 10 hours of volunteer work each year thereafter.

The participants will receive a Training Manual from the Virginia Urban Forest Council, three tree identification guides, a book on invasive plants in southern forests, a pruning handbook, numerous handouts supporting the topics covered in the class sessions, and a Resource DVD.

At the end of the course there is a take-home, open-book final exam.

Training Class Topics:

  • How Trees Grow – the microbiology of trees
  • Tree Roots, Shoots and Leaves
  • Tree Life Functions
  • Tree ID and Propagation
  • Virginia’s Native Trees
  • Tree Pruning
  • Tree Selection-The Right Tree for the Right Place
  • Tree Planting and Care
  • Tree Diagnosis and Disorders/Problems
  • Trees in the Community
  • Trees and Utility Lines
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Tree Steward Projects

Presenters include professionals from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Bartlett Tree Experts, the City of Fredericksburg Arborist, other certified Tree Stewards, and members of the local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener organizations.

View the 2015 Tree Steward Course Brochure (pdf)

For more information contact Guy Mussey at the Stafford County Extension Office at 540-658-8000 ext 1058.

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