Mayor Ryan to City of Binghamton Seeks Volunteers for Citizen Pruner Program; First Training This Saturday at 1:00pm

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Mayor Ryan to City of Binghamton Seeks Volunteers for Citizen Pruner Program; First Training This Saturday at 1:00pm

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The City of Binghamton is seeking volunteers for the Citizen Pruner Program, which seeks to improve the quality of Binghamton’s urban forest and cut the City’s operational costs.

According to a news release:

Sign Up for Free Training
The first training for the program is this coming Saturday, October 13th, at 1:00pm in the Planning Conference Room on City Hall’s 4th Floor.  The training will be provided by Jim Hoteling, co-owner of Hillside Garden Center.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to complete the application available here and RSVP for the trainings.  To RSVP, please call Amelia Lo Dolce (607)772-7028 or email anlodolce@cityofbinghamton.com.                                     

Volunteers will receive free tree pruning training in exchange for a minimum time commitment. Citizen pruners work under the supervision of the City’s Shade Tree Commission for approximately three hours per month on young street trees and park trees. Volunteers should bring pruning tools if they have them, although some tools will be provided.

Building on Program’s Success, Preventing Damage, Saving Money
This is the second year of the Citizen Pruner Program. Last year, 30 volunteers pruned approximately 600 trees, which is 80% of the trees that the City planted from 2006—2010.

The benefits of early tree pruning are clear. Trees that are appropriately pruned while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature, and they are less likely to have weak branches, which can cause property damage and safety issues in storms. Pruning trees once they have matured typically requires a crew of several people, heavy equipment and the associated costs.