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City of Binghamton to Launch Citizen Pruner Program

By Bryan Mercer

City of Binghamton to Launch Citizen Pruner Program

November 10, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The City of Binghamton is launching its Citizen Pruner Program, which will engage community volunteers in pruning young street trees and park trees.

The program is designed to help improve the health and quality of Binghamton's urban forest.

Trees that are appropriately pruned while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature, which will save the City money on maintenance.

The Program is being officially launched after a trial run in 2010.

Volunteers will receive free tree pruning training in exchange for a minimum time commitment. Once trained, citizen pruners work under the supervision of the City's Shade Tree Commission for approximately three hours per month to prune young street trees and park trees to correct defects and direct stronger growth to improve tree quality and longevity.

Citizen pruners are asked to complete two trainings, of less than three hours each, to give them the knowledge and skills they need to understand tree growth and development. Trainings will be held November 19th and December 3rd at 9am in the Broome County Library 2nd floor Gallery. Volunteers should bring pruning tools if they have them. Some tools will be provided.

Interested volunteers are asked to complete an application and sign up for the trainings. To register, please call Amelia Lo Dolce (607)772-7028 or email anlodolce@cityofbinghamton.com.

Many communities have enlisted volunteer pruners to help keep their urban forest properly pruned and healthy to save funds and build community. For example, Ithaca has a successful Citizen Pruner program.

More information about the program is available on the Citizen Pruner page of the City's website.