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Freshman Tree Commission Academy

Freshman Tree Commission Academy - Lima

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Deadline to apply is March 9.

The trees that line your streets and inhabit your public properties are an incredible resource. They increase home values in your community and make your town a desirable place to live and work. Trees intercept millions of gallons of rainwater and reduce energy needs saving your residents millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Street trees also contribute to society by reducing domestic violence and crime and the associated costs of these social issues. Trees even support children’s social and educational development…the future of our country.

Trees, like the rest of your community infrastructure (roads, sewers, lights, buildings, and equipment) require proper planning and maintenance to grow and deliver all potential benefits. The planning and administration of your urban forest is essential if it is to reach its full benefits and provide a meaningful return on your investment.

Tree Commission Academy, the first of its kind in the nation, is a unique educational opportunity designed to give the citizens who are responsible for planning and managing your community trees the skills and knowledge they need to be successful. Professional foresters, public management staff, and elected officials have also found TCA extremely valuable. Drawing on over 100 combined years of expertise in supporting and training Ohio tree commissions and managing the urban forests, we believe we have developed the class you have asked for. We are excited to offer your community this unique experience.

The Freshman Academy covers Ordinances, Tree Biology & Its Significance, Urban Forestry 101, Marketing, and Program Scheduling. (See TCA Catalogue)

Candidates must meet certain requirements (See application)

Registration deadline March 9, 2018


Registration fee of $35.00 must be included with application. If classes fill or you do not meet the prerequisite requirements, the fee will be refunded. No partial refunds. No refunds after the registration deadline.

Upon registration, students will receive a confirmation letter and map to the classroom site.

Make checks payable to Ohio Independent Arborist Association (OIAA), Tax ID number: 82-1850897

Send application and payment to: Steph Miller, Urban Forester, 952-B Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

Questions? Contact Steph Miller, 419-429-8313 or Stephanie.miller@dnr.state.oh.us