Tree fans are being sought for a program designed to improve the future of young trees in public places. The “Volunteers In Pruning” (V.I.P.) program trains local tree fans to prune young trees for form and structure. The program targets trees that were planted in parks or along streets within the last three years. This is the best time within the tree’s development to establish good tree form and correct any structural problems that can lead to future hazards or tree failure.
The V.I.P. project is sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care education program of the cities of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District. These communities are pooling resources to train volunteers and supply them with the tools needed to do the pruning. Pruning work parties will take place over the winter and next summer. Each community’s forestry program will choose which public trees will be targeted for pruning. Those who take care of other trees in public places, such as church Trustees and Homeowners Association workers, are also encouraged to attend the training.
Those individuals, 16 years of age or older, interested in the V.I.P. program are invited to attend a three hour training session to be held on Saturday, November 17th, at 9:00 a.m., at Hayden City Hall, 8930 N. Government Way. The training is free in exchange for putting in volunteer hours pruning public trees. Because of limited space, pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Katie Kosanke, 769-2266.