Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program offers training . Photo courtesy of UVM Extension.

Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program offers training . Photo courtesy of UVM Extension.

The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering training through the Stewardship of the Urban Landscape (SOUL) Tree Stewards

course. Vermont residents who are interested in local forestry projects and issues and would like to be an advocate for trees can attend the classes, which will be held in October.

The course covers tree health, identification, planting and maintenance, Vermont tree laws and policies, public speaking and management of roadside vegetation and town forests, among other topics. Participants are expected to attend all classes and to design and complete a volunteer project in their community, such as reviewing or creating a town tree ordinance or policy, conducting a town shade tree inventory or organizing an Arbor Day tree planting event with a local school.

Classes will be held at the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Office in Springfield, located at 307 South St., on two Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and two Wednesdays, Oct. 7 and 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fee is $50 if paid by Sept. 25, $60 after that date, and covers course materials and lunch on the full-day sessions. Preregistration is required. Contact Gwen Kozlowski at gwen.kozlowski@uvm.edu or (802) 656-6646. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call by Sept. 18.