RUTLAND - Vermonters can learn about tree care and explore urban and community forestry issues through a course offered statewide this winter.
In western Vermont, the Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Stewards course will be offered by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program at offered in Rutland and Williston.
The course will run Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. starting Feb. 11 and ending April 8, 2010.
The SOUL Tree Steward training program teaches volunteers how to plan for, plant and maintain trees in the built environment.
The eight-week course curriculum includes the following topics: Tree Identification, Tree Biology, Landscape Planning and Design, Tree Planting, Tree Maintenance and Pruning, Municipal Forest Management, Tree Health, Risk Tree Management, Tree Inventories, Establishing a Tree Board or Tree Committee, Funding Community Forestry, Conservation Planning, Species Selection, Working with Volunteers, Public Speaking, Working with Media and Developing a Tree Policy. In addition to the evening sessions, the course will features 4 hands-on Saturday sessions and an online course component.
The SOUL Tree Stewards course is open to anyone. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration for the course is required. Registration postmarked before Dec. 18 is $80. After Dec. 18, registration is $100. Scholarships may be available; please contact us for more information.
For details, contact Kate Forrer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 223-2389 x25, or toll-free at 1-866-860-1382.