Citizen Forester Program

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany Dallas residents have asked what they can do to promote Dallas’ trees. While planting trees is an obvious first step, it is also clear that having basic knowledge about trees can further the goal of a tree-lined Dallas.

Subsequently, in 2007, the Committee established the city’s first Citizen Forester Program to train citizens and enable them to learn basic tree skills to promote tree plantings in their neighborhood while also advocating the importance of Dallas’ urban forests.

Some of the class topics include:

  • Tree Identification
  • Planting and pruning skills
  • Benefits of Dallas trees
  • Disease and pathogens

Specifically, Citizen Forester classes are a combination of classroom instruction and actual field training that are taught by some of the regions arborists and forestry professionals as well as Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service experts providing citizens with high quality tree instruction.

Upon graduation, citizen foresters are required to return fifteen volunteer hours annually back to the city and six hours of continuing education by assisting with a variety of city tree plantings and projects. They become the eyes, ears and hands for the City Arborists on tree safety and hazards issues. Moreover, Citizen Foresters are taking a role in educating the public about trees. They can serve as tree advocates who speak to homeowner associations, schools, garden clubs, and home and garden shows about how to plant and care for trees.

By its second year, the Citizen Forester Program graduated 37 people, who assist with tree plantings, promote trees in their neighborhood and alert the City Arborist on tree related issues.

If you are interested in learning more about the Citizen Forester Program, please see our Citizen Forester page.