In 2010, the City of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan that laid out the vision of a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through investment in the urban forest.

Citizen Foresters advocate for trees by promoting best practices regarding proper tree planting and maintenance techniques, while supporting community efforts to achieve tree and shade canopy goals.

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Michelle Litwin

Volunteer PHX Program Facilitator




An Urban Forest can reduce annual stormwater runnoff by 2-7%, and a mature tree can store 50-100 gallons of water during large storms




Citizen Forester Level One ClassMaryvale Community Center (4420 N 51st Ave)1/26/2019 4:00:00 PM1/26/2019 7:00:00 PMGP0|#022f3b36-9dfd-4662-a9e4-a7530ef71fa6;L0|#0022f3b36-9dfd-4662-a9e4-a7530ef71fa6|Volunteer;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Level 1 Citizen Forester Training Classroom style presentation by the city arborist on the value and benefits of trees, basic tree anatomy, as well as site and species selection. Workshop is concluded with a hands-on proper tree planting.
Citizen Forester and GateWay Community CollegeGateWay Community College3/5/2019 5:00:00 PM3/5/2019 7:30:00 PMGP0|#022f3b36-9dfd-4662-a9e4-a7530ef71fa6;L0|#0022f3b36-9dfd-4662-a9e4-a7530ef71fa6|Volunteer;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​This March, GateWay Community College Environmental Biology students will complete Level 1 Citizen Forester Training through the City of Phoenix. This training includes a classroom presentation by the city Arborist on the value and benefits of trees, basic tree anatomy, and site and species selection. The workshop concludes with a hands on proper tree planting on the GateWay campus. The goal of this project is to foster connections for students between course content and our collective responsibility to improve our communities. It also aligns closely with the city's goal to improve air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics through landscape improvements. (This is a closed event)

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