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Learn About Trees and Tree Care
POSTED: 08/23/2011
 
Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA), in cooperation with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, is once again offering the opportunity to learn about trees and tree care through their popular Tree Keepers course.

The Tree Keepers course includes 16 hours of instruction in both classroom and hands-on field settings. Participants in the course learn about trees from the ground up, literally. Topics covered include soils, tree benefits, the internal workings of a tree, how to identify different species, proper pruning methods for young trees, choosing the right tree for the right place, proper planting and mulching techniques and common tree problems.

The goal is for graduates to become an active member of Heartland Tree Alliance’s corps of volunteers who help take care of trees on public property in the pruning and planting events HTA organizes throughout the year. The cost for the entire course and all materials is only $75.

There is an upcoming opportunity to take the Tree Keepers course at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park at 7904 Renner Road in Shawnee, Kansas. Class sessions will be held 6:30 - 8:30 PM on Thursday evenings from September 8 through October 13. Saturday field days will be held on September 17 and October 1 from 9:00 AM – Noon. The complete course schedule can be found on the HTA website at www.heartlandtreealliance.org.

The individual classes that comprise the Tree Keepers course are taught by highly trained and experienced foresters and arborists from both governmental entities and private practice, who love trees and welcome questions and discussion.

Heartland Tree Alliance is an affiliate of Bridging The Gap, the region’s primary environmental education organization. The Heartland Tree Alliance mission is to engage people of the Greater Kansas City region to take action and advocate for a healthy community forest.

To sign up or learn more about Tree Keepers or Heartland Tree Alliance, please contact Noelle Morris at 816-561-1061, ext. 115, or e-mail treemail@bridgingthegap.org.

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