The Ottumwa Courier

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March 18, 2014

Community Tree Stewards Program coming to Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Iowa State University Forestry Extension and Indian Hills Community College have partnered with Wapello County Extension to offer the Iowa Community Tree Steward Program to the residence of Wapello and all surrounding counties in May and June.

The Iowa Community Tree Steward Program is intended for citizens and professionals who wish to learn more about trees and tree care. The course consists of seven hands-on classes that cover tree identification, tree selection, pruning, planting, disease and insect management, hazard tree assessment, community inventory methods and more.

The classes will take place in the evenings from 6-10 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 as well as the evenings of June 4 and 11. There will be a Saturday class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31, where a street tree inventory in the community will be conducted. All classes will be held at the Horticulture Building on the Indian Hills Main Campus.

The cost is $50 per person or $60 for couples who wish to share course materials. In addition, each graduate is expected to contribute back 28 hours of volunteer service to the local community. Options for volunteer service hours will be identified during the class.

For more information, contact Jesse Randall at 515-294-1168 or at randallj@iastate.edu. More information and applications can be downloaded at www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/education/treesteward.html.

The deadline to apply is April 11.

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