Engage the citizens of Las Cruces through the Tree Steward volunteer program to build a support network that enhances the trees and shade in public spaces. This will be accomplished through a partnership of the Parks and Recreation Department and Keep Las Cruces Beautiful to recruit, train, and engage Tree Stewards in enhancing the community's urban forest. Empowered and Trained Volunteers will plant trees, prune established trees, care for established trees, educate the public about trees, and care and advocate for trees and shade in public spaces.
Las Cruces will become a Tree City USA that values and supports trees and shade for today and for future generations.
Goals and Objectives:
The Parks and Recreation Department will recruit and train 20 volunteer Las Cruces Tree Stewards annually. The Tree Stewards will significantly help the department expand its new planting of trees and to better care for the existing landscape inventories. Committed volunteers dedicate themselves to improving and enhancing shade canopy and will serve as advocates in the community to empower neighborhoods, homeowners, and residents to beautify and care for their public and private spaces. Tree Stewards will provide an innovative demonstration of how a citizen/public partnership expands the capacity of the whole community.
Las Cruces Tree Stewards is now recruiting for the 2019 class of Tree Stewards. Training consists of 28 hours of training on Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to noon, February 27 to April 17. Classes are taught by experienced community professionals.
In exchange for the training, volunteers are asked to commit 40 hours of volunteer service over the next twelve months planting trees in public spaces or aiding in educational efforts about trees.
Join the ranks of Tree Stewards who have made the commitment to grow and promote our community forest!
Previous generations of Tree Stewards may continue to volunteer at the nursery or contact Parks for current opportunities!