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Citizen Forester Fort Worth Training Application

Citizen Forester Training Application

Please fill out this application if you are interested in the Citizen Forester Training.  Thanks for your interest in the Citizen Forester program.
Dateline 5/16/2019: Applications are closed for this year's training.  If you are interested and would like to be contacted when we start assembling the class for 2020, please fill out the contact portion of the application.  We'll reach out to you when we reopen the process.  We've left the questions in for the 2019 class so you can see the kinds of things we will be asking.  The 2020 application will be revised to reflect any changes we've made, particularly the location of where the training will be held.

Thanks for your interest in the Citizen Forester program.  We are a group of volunteers dedicated to helping maintain our Urban Forest.  Our "official" volunteer time is spent on maintaining publicly owned trees and educating the public on how to maintain their own trees.  The goal is to help our communities reap all the benefits of trees in our urban environment in a responsible manner.

Please review the information about the Citizen Forester program on the website.

The information requested here will not be shared with anyone outside of the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council and the Citizen Foresters.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Coke at or call 817 386 3235.
1. Contact Information
This question requires a valid email address.
5. How many hours per year do you expect to be able to contribute to the Citizen Forester program after graduation?
6. Are you involved in any other volunteer organizations?
8. How did you learn about the Citizen Forester Program?
9. This training session will require one day a month for 10 months, March through December of 2019, on the third Wednesday of each of those months.  These sessions will start promptly at 9:00 AM and will last for seven hours, including an hour for lunch.  For most of the sessions we will be meeting in one location and then commuting to another field location. 

This format is designed to correspond to the “seasons of the trees”.  For example, we will learn when the best time to a plant tree is and will plant in that month. 

If you successfully complete the training, you will graduate a Certified Citizen Forester.

Is this acceptable?
10. You will need to successfully complete the combination of classroom instruction and field training.  You must complete at least 8 full classes to graduate as a Certified Citizen Forester.  If you complete at least 7 full classes you will graduate as a Citizen Forester.  If you graduate as a Citizen Forester or fail to achieve either status, to be Certified in the following year, you must make up sufficient missed classes to satisfy the requirement of achieving Certified status and meet the ongoing annual volunteer hour and CEU time certification requirements.  If you miss too many classes to earn status as a Citizen Forester, you will need to make up sufficient missed classes and meet the volunteer hour requirements for that level in the following year to stay in the program.  And, regardless of your achievement level, you should complete the formal training on a specific subject before you attempt to lead an event of that nature.  In other words, you shouldn't lead a tree planting exercise until you've had the planting training. 

Is this acceptable?
11. We do make reasonable accommodations for those with physical ability limitations and there is ongoing volunteer work available for Citizen Foresters that is not physically rigorous.  However, the field training component of the program includes activities such as using a shovel to dig a planting hole; using pruners, loppers, and hand saws to prune trees; bending and squatting down, extended periods of walking and/or standing; and other similar physical activities.  You further understand that some of these outdoor activities may occur in wet, cold or hot weather. 

Is this acceptable?
12. You understand that there is a $275 registration fee due upon acceptance into the program.  This provides course tuition, binder for class materials, training and reference materials, classroom drinks and snacks, lunch on training days and a few other "goodies".  This fee also includes 2019 membership into the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, and a long-sleeved denim work shirt with the CTUFC logo.  If you have any dietary restrictions, we will do our best to accommodate them, but we can't guarantee we can accommodate all restrictions. 

Is this acceptable?
13. If you so desire, you can elect to arrange for your own lunches.  If you make that election the course fee will be $155.  Even if you forgo the provided lunch option you will still receive all of the training materials, morning snacks and drinks through the day.  We are hoping you will at least choose to dine with your classmates so you can better get to know each other.  And, with sufficient notice, you can be included in specific lunches for the price of $12 each.

Which will be your choice?
14. You understand you will sign a volunteer agreement with the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council which can be found on the webpage.  Are you willing to agree to this?
15. You understand that you will be considered to be a volunteer in whichever cities our field activities are held in and will be expected to sign each City’s volunteer agreement form and accept whatever requirements they may have.  The City of Fort Worth's Volunteer Agreement can be found on the website. 

Assuming you don't have any significant issues with other City's agreements (if any), are you willing to do this?
16. You understand that to maintain a Certified Citizen Forester designation, you will meet the annual volunteer hour requirements of at least 20 hours and at least 5 hours of Continuing Education Credits and to achieve the Citizen Forester designation you will to contribute at least 10 volunteer hours.  You can move back and forth, through time between these two designations, but if you fail to achieve either 2 years in a row, you will no longer be in the program. 

Is this acceptable?
You should only hit the "Next" button below once.  It will just take you back to the top of the application.  But you should receive a confirmation email soon.  If you don't, please let us know.  Thanks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Coke at or call 817 386 3235.
Thank you for applying for the Citizen Forester Training!  We will contact you if we have any more questions of you, to inform you of the status of your application, and whether you have been accepted into the training.  We look forward to your contributions to our Urban Forest.
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