Congratulations 2022 Class of Tree Stewards!
Did you miss this fall’s Tree Stewards Training? Don’t worry, you didn’t miss out on all the fun! HLC will be holding another series of Tree Stewards Training in Spring 2023. The training will cover the same topics as the Fall sessions, with new guest presenters and revamped content. Stay tuned for the next Tree Steward Training Sessions.
The Tree Stewards Program is designed to train people on how to care for trees in local communities. This summer, local residents completed six sessions, covering a variety of tree related topics: basic tree biology, tree identification, soils, tree selection and planting, pruning, and insects and diseases. A graduation ceremony was held at Arlington Wetlands where the new Tree Stewards were recognized for their accomplishments and assisted in planting 20 trees. Tree Stewards are now armed with the skill sets to care for trees in their community.
The Tree Stewards Program is part of a larger effort to improve the quality of life in the Metro East by enhancing community forests. Trees in communities provide many benefits, such as improving air quality, soaking up rainfall, anchoring the soil, and providing habitat for wildlife. HLC also works with local municipalities to update tree ordinances, apply for Tree City USA certification, and explore ongoing community forestry funding opportunities.