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EDC to offer free Tree Worker Basics Course on Orcas Island

  • Thu Sep 23rd, 2021 1:30am
  • Life

Submitted by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County.

People who want to make a living working with trees or forests are invited to a free, hands-on, outdoor course offered by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County. The course will be taught by Carson Sprenger, proprietor of Rain Shadow Consulting at their Orcas Island facilities, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays Oct. 30-Nov. 20. The course is sponsored by a generous donation from the family of Walt Corbin and from the Kiwanis Club of Orcas Island.

Carson Sprenger has over 20 years of experience working in the forests of the San Juan Islands. The hands-on curriculum has been designed for job-seekers and career changers interested in working in tree care/tree service, forestry, or landscaping. These jobs remain in high demand in our rural communities.

The course will prepare students for an entry-level arborist position and is not intended for D.I.Y. home repairs. The class will cover tools of the trades, including ropes; keeping trees and forests healthy; safety; and the ins and outs of working in the industry. Students will not use chainsaws or fell trees in this class. Applicants must be 18 years old or older, residents of San Juan County, and participating in the course to gain job skills. The deadline to apply is October 15th, and space is limited.

To apply, please visit the EDC’s website at For more information, email the EDC Trades Coordinator at

The EDC thanks Walt Corbin, his wife Gayle, and their family, for their support of skills training to help people obtain fulfilling work and their support of the environment. The EDC hopes this course honors Mr. Corbin’s legacy.