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The NC Urban Forest Council and NC State Extension have partnered to develop the North Carolina Volunteer Tree Steward Program, which is a statewide program to train citizen volunteers on basic tree care management in order to assist local cities and towns in managing their publicy owned trees. Citizens participate in a 6-week training course learning about tree biology and how trees grow, how to properly plant trees, water trees, and early tree care practices. 

Fully trained Volunteer Tree Stewards will help the community complete tree work such as: 

  • Watering
  • Mulching
  • Tree Planting
  • Young Tree Pruning
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Community Engagement

Wilmington Volunteer Tree Stewards

A partnership between the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and the City of Wilmington. This is our pilot community program and they are the first group of citizen volunteers to go through the training course and become a volunteer workforce. 

Presentation Handouts

Tree Biology and Anatomy

Plant Names

Tree ID and Selection

Watering and Mulching

Soil and Other Environmental Factors

Training videos

Tree Biology and Anatomy

Soil and Other Environmental Factors


VA Tree Steward Manual

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