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Corvallis urban forester Jonathan Pywell stretches across the top of a flowering pear tree to reach a branch with his pruning saw. Pywell and his staff will be leading a pair of pruning workshops for street trees later this month.

The city of Corvallis is hosting a pair of pruning sessions designed to help community volunteers learn how to trim young street trees.

Sessions will be Wednesday, March 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Both sessions are at the Tunison Community Room, 365 SW Tunison Ave. Participants only need to attend one of the workshops.

Training will be handled by the Parks and Recreation Department’s urban forestry staff, and tools will be provided. The workshop will focus on using structural pruning practices to help stable, healthy neighborhood street trees. Also to be discussed is the city’s tree pruning program and how volunteers can get involved.

The program is free, but capacity is 40 people per workshop. Registration closes March 19. To register, call Jennifer Killian at 541-740-3186 or email



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