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As the June 30th deadline approaches, there are still seats available for this exciting professional development opportunity.

Trees play a critical role in improving the future of our cities and towns, but let’s face it, your community trees aren’t going to manage themselves. They need help from professionals like you who have the will and the tools to ensure they are well-planned for, well-cared for, and well-managed. If your job involves improving the health, vibrancy, livability and sustainability of your community, then the Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) is for you.

CTMI is an innovative, continuing educational curriculum consisting of educational sessions specifically tailored to the needs of parks, planning, landscape, or public works employees who have tree-related responsibilities in their city or agency. Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the course includes both face-to-face and online sessions. Since 1994, more than 150 people have completed this course. The 2014-15 CTMI is open to individuals in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Idaho. CTMI is appropriate for anyone who coordinates community forestry issues, reviews tree plans, issues permits, or inspects trees.

Even if you’re the resident tree expert where you live, consider forwarding the CTMI application to a colleague that might benefit from a greater understanding of trees and their importance to our communities.

Applications are now being accepted for the next class which will begin in September 2014, but hurry! Space is limited! For a detailed brochure and to apply for CTMI, click here.

(adapted from Community Tree Connections, The newsletter of the Oregon Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Program)