Last month we highlighted many of the partners and projects with which we are working to deliver DNR’s Urban Forestry Program goals. Not mentioned was Washington State University Extension (Extension). But this organization and the passionate staff have been top notch partners for many years.
It’s been a long time coming, but it is a thrill to finally announce and introduce the Urban and Community Tree Stewardship Online Training. The partnership with Extension was in place well before we initiated this project several years ago. But under their guidance, curriculum and content were developed, and this month they will launch an online learning tool accessible to anyone interested in learning about urban forestry best management practices.
The modules were designed with master gardeners in mind, but tree board members, municipal staff, and volunteer tree stewards can log in to learn. The course is affordable for most, but if finances are an issue, those working in public jurisdictions or students engaged in forestry course work can apply for a learning scholarship from the UCF program.
I would like to personally thank Paula Dinius, WSU Extension Wenatchee (project lead) and Tim Kohlhauff, WSU Extension Spokane, who led the charge to complete the project after most of the original team retired or left WSU employment. Excellent job, you two!
By Linden J. Lampman, program manager, DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program