April 17, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Tree Steward?

  • Volunteers trained in various skills to preserve and enhance our local trees–the right trees in the right places for the right reasons, with the right maintenance.
  • Examples of tree steward skills are: how to plant, water, maintain, and monitor tree health; understanding, communicating and advocating for the benefits of trees in your community; understanding the best trees to plant in our region’s climate; how to organize tree planting groups and events.
  • Tree Stewards contribute their skills and knowledge for at least 70 hours each year over a 2-year period. A volunteer schedule will be provided that allows for personal flexibility in meeting that commitment.
  • Tree Stewards also informally serve as an expert advisor for family, friends, and neighbors who need tree-related information.
  • As part of its San Diego Regional Tree Steward certification program, Tree San Diego is launching a North County Coastal Tree Steward Corps in collaboration with local communities.

What will I be doing as a Tree Steward?

  • Because new trees in our climate need extra care during their first few years, especially watering, your first tasks will be to provide new tree care.
  • You will complete a free 5-hour Tree Steward certification workshop in Basic Tree Watering and Maintenance skills.
  • You will start by caring for new street trees in the Encinitas area beginning Summer 2018, including watering, berm and mulch maintenance, weed abatement, stake removal, and monitoring for signs of stress.

Who can be a Tree Steward?

  • Anyone! However, children under 14 will need adult supervision.
  • This first task includes lifting and carrying water buckets weighing 40 lbs. a short distance, so those with back problems or other health concerns should use caution. Smaller, lighter buckets are available.

What’s in it for you?

  • Become proficient in one or more tree-related skills and receive formal certification for each skill set you master.
  • Contribute to the size and quality of North County Coastal’s urban forest.
  • Be a part of a team that supports environmental sustainability and human health.
  • Engage in exciting, meaningful, fun tasks with like-minded adults and youth.
  • Get mild, healthy exercise.
  • Plant for future generations.

How do I become a Tree Steward?

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