Since 2011, volunteers have been helping to maintain a healthy and sustainable urban and community forest by participating in the City of Ann Arbor's Citizen Pruner program. The Citizen Pruner program trains volunteers on how to prune young trees to develop strong structure and proper form. Following training, Citizen Pruner volunteers put their skills to work at scheduled work days, where they work in teams to prune city street and park trees.
Citizen pruner work days
Citizen Pruner work days occur primarily in February and March. Citizen Pruners work in teams and their work is overseen by City staff and/or Advanced Citizen Pruner volunteers. All tools and personal protective equipment (including, safety vests, hard hats, and safety glasses) are provided to Citizen Pruners by the City.
Citizen pruner training
To become a Citizen Pruner, volunteers participate in a 5-hour training that occurs each year on a Saturday in January. The training includes an indoor classroom session followed by an outdoor field session. During the classroom session, participants learn about tree biology, young tree pruning and the Citizen Pruner program; and during the outdoor session the concepts and tools discussed during the classroom session are utilized and practiced.
The 2017 Citizen Pruner Training was on January 21.
To learn more about the Citizen Pruner program, please see the Citizen Pruner Volunteer Job Description. If you are interested in participating in the program and would like to sign up for the next training in January please contact Tina Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-794-6627 or Kerry Gray at email@example.com or 734-794-6430 x 43703.