Trees are vital to a healthy urban ecosystem. When you add tree to the urban forest you:
And it turns out money really does grow on trees. Toronto Dominion Bank reports that for every dollar spent on forestry, residents receive at least $4.59 in benefits each year.
Are you tree savvy? Here are 3 ways you can be:
The Citizen Foresters training program is offered each Spring to interested volunteers. The program has six modules in basic arboriculture, taught over three nights. Complete all six and you’re a Citizen Forester, with a t-shirt to prove it! Cost of the program is $25. Participants must agree to volunteer for TreeKeepers for a minimum 6 hours over the coming year.
If you’re a budding tree geek under the age of 25, step up. Our goal is to spark the next generation of urban forest heroes by offering mentor-based arboriculture programs so interested teens can learn more about the trees in the city.
The science and art of urban forestry are fairly new and still in flux. If you’re like us and you love learning about trees and cities and how they grow together, check out some of the links on our learn page. We collect and share info from around the world. Categories include Tree Selections, Tree Planting, Tree Care and more.
How to Apply
Apply here if you’re interested in becoming a Citizen Forester, joining the TreeKeepers Youth Branch or volunteering for the program. Note that not all opportunities are available year-round (for example, the Citizen Foresters course are in May). Thanks for your interest in growing the greenest city with trees!