Love trees? Become a citizen forester

Published on December 21, 2021

a group of volunteers in red vests group around a tree

Applications are being taken through Feb. 12, 2022, for the Citizen Forester program sponsored by the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, a not-for-profit organization focused on publicly owned trees. Trained volunteers work in parks, along streets, in school yards and elsewhere.

Citizen foresters also provide public education. The goal is to help communities reap all the benefits of trees in the urban environment in a responsible manner.

The program consists of 60 hours of training over a 10-month period from mid-March through mid-December. Part of the training will be in the classroom and part of it will be in the field. Arborists and foresters will teach tree identification, propagation, planting, pruning and tree disease/pest/hazard assessment.

View specifics about the curriculum and apply online. 

To learn more, call 469-882-7703 or email. 



Photo: The Citizen Forester program has been active since 2006 and has graduated more than 150 volunteers who dedicate time to their communities.



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