ALEDO, IL (August 6, 2019) – The University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Program in partnership with Trees Forever, a nonprofit conservation group working in Illinois and Iowa, the Mercer County Public Building Commission, the City of Aledo and the Mercer County School District, are looking for volunteers to assist with an inventory of the community's public area trees.
A tree inventory is the gathering of information on the health and diversity of the community forest. How many trees are in parks, public places and along the streets in town? What kind of trees are they? What are their conditions? It can be challenging to manage the community forest unless we know its condition. Inventories are an essential tool of good tree management.
The results of this inventory may also be used to determine the need for a community forestry program, to prioritize maintenance schedules and streamline the efficiency of public works crews, to facilitate long-term planning and budgeting, and to educate residents about the benefits of a healthy, well-managed community forest with tree species best suited to the area.
We are looking for 15-20 volunteers who have an interest in trees, our community, and outdoor walks. No prior tree experience is needed! The training is free.
Kevin Bennett, program manager for Trees Forever, will be in Aledo on Saturday, September 21, 2019 to train volunteers on how to conduct the inventory. Volunteers will learn how to identify, measure, and assess the general health of common trees in the area. The training will take place at the Aledo Fire Station at 1:00 p.m. The surveying will start immediately after.
For more information on Trees Forever and this program, please visit http://www.treesforever.org/Recover-Replant-Restore .
To sign up to volunteer, please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 309 756 9978 today or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs/