urban-forester

City of Corvallis seasonal worker Saul Santiago, left, and urban forester Jon Pywell, backed by a crew of volunteers, work to get a bald cypress ready for planting in Franklin Square Park during an Arbor Day planting in 2015. The Parks and Recreation is starting a new program to train resident volunteers to assist with urban forestry work.

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The city of Corvallis has unveiled a new program that will involve residents in the care and maintenance of city-owned trees.

The neighborhood tree steward program begins with a 9 a.m. to noon training program Saturday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 1310 SW Avery Park Drive. Folks interested in participating should contact urban forestry outreach specialist Jennifer Killian by Wednesday at 541-740-3186 or jennifer.killian@corvallisoregon.gov.

“The major goals of the program are to get community members engaged in the urban forests and with volunteer effort, help reduce watering and pruning load for city staff,” Killian said. “Each volunteer will be assigned a small subset of city trees to manage over the next few months. Working with staff and homeowners, they will help with weekly watering, structural pruning and other maintenance activities. These extra sets of eyes in the urban forest will help urban forestry staff get ahead of potential tree issues.”

Later this spring Parks and Rec will conduct tree pruning sessions with the volunteers.

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