LAS CRUCES — Keep Las Cruces Beautiful and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will graduate their first Tree Steward volunteers during a Tuesday morning ceremony at Albert Johnson Park near City Hall.
The first class of the Tree Steward Program includes 12 volunteers who will be recognized during a ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Albert Johnson Park on the southeast corner of Main Street and Picacho Avenue. A ceremonial tree-planting will follow the graduation ceremony.
The city’s Tree Steward Program was made possible earlier this year by a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Las Cruces.
Tree stewards received 20 hours of free training from local tree experts in exchange for 40 hours of volunteer service planting, caring for and promoting trees in Las Cruces.
Experts from Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, Parks and Recreation, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas-El Paso, the Texas Forest Service and the New Mexico State Forestry Division helped provide training for the Tree Steward Program.
Volunteers learned from experts in irrigation, nursery operations, pruning and the general care of trees.
Area residents interested in becoming tree stewards can apply for the program’s second training class. Applications are available on the Keep Las Cruces Beautiful link at www.CLCPD.com , or prospective volunteers may call KLCB director Craig Fenske at (575) 528-4723.