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Learn About and Care for Trees in Your Community

July 2, 2012

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan County residents are invited to become “tree stewards” to grow their understanding of trees and how best to care for them.  By becoming a tree steward, individuals grow to be more aware of how to plant and maintain trees in order to create shade, enhance beauty, and increase healthy bird habitat for years to come.

This new initiative will help to survey, maintain, and preserve the valuable tree resources at residences and in communities throughout Sullivan County.  It is sponsored initially by Sullivan Renaissance, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County and individuals concerned about protecting public and private trees. 

The two-day “Tree Steward Training” will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The training will take place at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754. 

The “Tree Steward Training” includes eight hours of hands on instruction with David Skeval, a Cornell Natural Resource and Forestry Educator from Onondaga County.  After training, graduates will volunteer 10 hours of community service to survey trees in their community.  Training will include:

  • Learn how to best site, select and plant trees for optimal growth and least costly maintenance
  • Identify species of trees and their potential insect and disease issues.  Understand how to make choices to avoid problems and create the healthiest environments for the future
  • Learn how to maintain young trees for the best environmental balance and tree health

Tuition is $25 and includes a tree care guide book and light refreshments.  Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome.  Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.  Class size is limited.  For information on how to register, visit or call 845-292-6180. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by national, state and county governments – that helps New York residents put research-based knowledge to work. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For information call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit