Registration Open for Kokomo's Tree Steward Workshop

The City of Kokomo will be offering a two-day, Tree Steward Certification course conducted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s Community & Urban Forestry Program.

The program will be held  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, March 6th & 20th, at Rodgers Pavilion, 902 W. Deffenbaugh St. in Highland Park.

Persons who complete the Tree Steward program will learn basic tree biology, identification, benefits of trees and managing treescape (proper selection, pruning, planting and care).

Through classroom training and hands-on practice, certified Tree Stewards will be equipped to counsel others on appropriate tree selection and care. They will serve as tree ambassadors to promote and improve the health of the city’s trees to assure the urban treescape will survive and thrive.

“Through thoughtful planning, our urban treescape can provide economic and health benefits,” said Randy Morris, Kokomo Parks Superintendent.  “This program will give residents the knowledge and skills necessary for maintaining or enhancing the tree stock on their properties.”

Trainers for the certification course include foresters, arborists, Purdue Extension agents as well as other natural resource professionals.

Cost to register for the workshop is $30. To register, contact Carrie Tauscher of the Indiana Community and Urban Forestry Program via urbanforestry@dnr.in.gov or 317-234-6568, or register online at www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr/EventList.aspx.