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Urban Forestry Basic Training


April 21-22, 2021 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Elburn Public Works
422 E North St, Elburn, IL 60119
September TBD, 2021 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center
6720 Keystone Rd, Richmond, IL 60071

What is Urban Forestry Basic Training? CRTI and the Illinois Arborist Association's hands-on training event.
Who should attend? Non-forestry professionals who work with or near trees, or manage staff and/or contractors who work with trees.
What is covered? Our expert-led sessions include important forestry topics such as safety, tree selection, planting and pruning, the importance of roots and bark, providing proper tree care, and avoiding tree damage during construction.
BONUS: a second optional day is focused on chainsaw basics.


Please contact Melissa or (630) 719-5646 if you have any questions.  




Note: The Illinois Arborist Association is generously providing scholarships for four attendees. Contact Melissa at if you need financial assistance to attend this training! 






Click here to see a sample program.




If you would like to donate prizes for the raffle or host a training, please contact Melissa at


Positive feedback from our August 2015 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training
"I am writing to let you know that the City of Wheaton sent several employees from our Street and Sewer Divisions to this training. This was part of a cross training program at the Public Works Department. This work shop was a perfect fit for this. I received positive feedback from many of these employees. I always ask for feedback. I believe this helps further the discussion and it certainly did here. Most discussion revolved around construction and salt damage. Thank you both for your effort."
"I learned too many things to list here- many practical applications for job and personal"
"We really enjoyed it and it surpassed our expectations.  Many thanks for putting on such a quality and interesting seminar."