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Volunteer Forester Certification Program (3rd of 4 Sessions)

  • Public Service Complex 3131 Morris Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37909 United States (map)

Join Trees Knoxville for a four-session Volunteer Forester Certification Program:

Session 3: The Science and Art of Pruning

TBA Speaker (30 Minutes)
Kasey Krouse, Knoxville Urban Forester (30 Minutes)
Outdoor Pruning Activity- (2 Hours)


Students will:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need pruning.
  2. Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure. 
  3. Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning. 
    • What to prune: dead stuff, stubs, suckers, low branches, branches with narrow crotch angles, rubs, crowded branches, hazardous branches
    • Learning the correct way to remove branches & different methods (cuts, what to prune first, the 30% rule, etc.) 
    • Select Tools and PPE
  4. Recognize different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes
  5. Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public. 
  6. Understand structural pruning for young trees (Outdoor pruning activity)

Trees Knoxville's goal in making this opportunity available is to develop the tree management skill level of our volunteers.

Continuing Education Units from ISA will be available.

Follow this link for dates, places, course description, and list of instructors for the sessions.

All attendees must register. $50 fee payable at the first session (checks or cash only.)