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Want To Be A Citizen Forester In Chattanooga? Here’s How…

Citizen foresters at work in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Tree Commission
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Citizen foresters at work in Chattanooga

(aired Weds 2/02/22)

How best to care for trees here in the Chattanooga area, from the trees on your property to trees in public spaces?

The Chattanooga Tree Commission and Take Root Chattanooga are offering Citizen Forester classes on Saturdays this month, from 9 AM to Noon, at various locations in Hamilton County.

Michael Strok chairs the tree commission, an advisory board of volunteers - and Sally Wencel is a commission member.

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