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Tree Steward Program
The city of Rio Rancho's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and its Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Division are seeking volunteers interested in serving as a tree steward in our community.

What do tree stewards do?
Volunteer Tree Stewards work in teams of two or more and receive tools, training and ongoing support to help our city care for trees in our local parks. Tree stewards visit their chosen park and report tree and park concerns; assist with planting and pruning of young, newly established trees; maintain site conditions; report vandalism; and report water system problems.

Commitment
Volunteers are asked to serve our community for a one-year period, attend an informative, three-day training workshop with certified arborists and urban forestry experts, and commit to one program park work day and one Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful event. This fun, interactive and valuable workshop includes morning classroom sessions and hands-on training in the afternoons at local parks. "This is an opportunity for residents to learn from experts and then apply that knowledge to assist the city to care for the valuable trees in our parks," said Jay Hart, director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

2015 Training Dates
This year’s training will take place on Saturday, May 9, 16, and 23 at UNM West 2600 College Blvd. Each training day will be assigned one of the following presentations: Tree Biology and Identification, Tree Disease adn Diagnosis, and Tree Pruning.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside certified arborists and urban foresters during the workshop. Lunch will be provided all three days and volunteers should come prepared to spend the last two hours of the training working in a local park utilizing the techniques learned in the classroom. Up to 25 residents can be trained during the three-day workshop and the deadline to register is Friday, April 24. Contact Koryn Misbach at or (505) 891-5015 for more information or to register.

For more information and to volunteer!
Contact Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful at (505) 891-5015.

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Tree stewards

(Tree Steward volunteer Seretha Crider with ISA Certified Arborist Jeff Hart)