Arboriculture: The selection, planting, care, and removal of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants and the study of how they grow and respond to cultural practices and the environment.
Train inner city adults in the field of Arboriculture.
A Green Tree Academy will provide a training curriculum, internships, and job placement assistance to inner city adults interested in Arboriculture.
Objectives: • Train inner city adults to become knowledgeable in maintaining trees on public and private lands. • Provide training for job readiness. • Provide non credit hour "Certificates of Completion" from St. Louis Community College. • Introduce inner city adults to job, scholarship and educational opportunities in all the conservation-related fields. • Provide a platform to develop professional, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.
Criteria for Students: • Ages 18 to 24. • Have high school diploma or GED. • Be passionate about trees, the environment and working outdoors. • Have transportation to attend classes at three different sites each week. • A willingness to commit to and complete the program.
Program Details: • 10-week program. • 15 hours per week. • 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday. • Classroom training, field training and life skills training. • Students are city of St. Louis limited term employees, are paid $7.50 an hour and will receive a bonus when they complete the program.
Funding: • $42,000 approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
Partners: • City of St. Louis Comptroller’s Office • City of St. Louis Department of Forestry • St. Louis Community College - Forest Park • State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed • Missouri Department of Natural Resources • Living Tree Care, Inc. • Forestry Consultant Services • Droege Tree Care, Inc. • Pasta House • Pepsi • AmerenUE