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Becoming a Citizen Forester with TreePeople

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The Citizen Forester Class visits the Tree Planting Supervisor Class

Yesterday, we took a workshop class with TreePeople on becoming a Citizen Forester. Probably one of the most organized learning experiences we have ever had, we're ready to rock with some tree planting next Fall.

Summer planting is out of the question. What we did not know was that tree planting between June and September is not a wise idea -- it is sort of like, "Hey, let's plant all these trees in the heat and watch them die!"

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Citizen Foresters are not people going around and planting trees in the neighborhood as you walk by. Citizen Foresters are the ones who get you and all of your neighbors to plant trees all over your neighborhood. They are the leaders, the organizers, the ones with the vision to make it happen in Los Angeles for Los Angeles.

And anyone who wants to, can.

To make that happen is not to just plant the tree and say goodbye. It takes prep (3-6 months), a team (the green team), TreePeople guidance and expertise (plus their excellent funding tips and know-hows), the community (extremely important), volunteers and care for 5 years after the planting. It seems like a load, but if you're into it, it's not.

Other workshops offered yesterday were Planting Supervisor Training, Tree Care Supervisor Training and Tree Care Coordinator Training. The next round of workshops like this will be offered sometime next Fall.