Urban and Community Forestry News - July 18, 2021

Share or view as webpage  |  Update preferences

Urban and Community Forestry News

Three kids on a bench hold hands, facing a lake, framed by leafy trees

Visit us on the web at Michigan.gov/UCF

This weekly newsletter contains information related to urban forestry and arboriculture training, research, jobs, and funding in Michigan, nationally and internationally. If you know of an event or opportunity that may be of interest to our partners, please email program coordinator Kevin Sayers.

Read the seasonal plant health care scouting report

A man wearing a helmet kneels on a bed of leaves next to a tree trunk to perform an inspection.

The Morton Arboretum, a Midwest leader in arboriculture and plant care based in Illinois, issues weekly plant health care reports. The reports detail pests, insects, diseases and weather patterns of note for regional arborists and urban foresters. Read the most recent Plant Health Care Report for an update on rainfall, temperatures, beetles and weeds, or view the archive.

New green community leadership training to be offered

A bright green banner with white text for the Green Communities Leadership Institute

A new Green Communities Leadership Institute is currently being developed by a partnership of natural resource organizations. The team plans to offer professional development opportunities that will bring leaders together to build a healthy and resilient industry and environment. Learn more about the program

Municipal Forestry Institute trains emerging leaders

Municipal forestry institute graphic, featuring gold text, an orange leaf, and green highlight

The Municipal Forestry Institute is a high-level training opportunity for emerging leaders in the urban forestry industry. The weeklong, intensive program planned for Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in Bowling Green, Ohio, will introduce participants to strategic thinking, coalition building, program planning and public relations techniques. 

View the event flyer and register for the program by July 15. 

New invasive species found in Michigan

A gray box tree moth rests on a green, leafy background. The moth has white and brown markings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that a new invasive species, the box tree moth, has been discovered in Michigan, Connecticut and South Carolina. This species does not harm native plants, but does eat boxwoods that are widely used in urban and ornamental plantings. Learn more about this new invasive species
Photo via Ian Redding on Shutterfly.

Workshops and conferences

June 21-28: No markets, no management: Urban Wood Understood

June 22: Plant health care walking tour at Royal Oak Arboretum

June 24: Pruning is a necessity, not an option

June 25: Green Macomb Municipal Tree Inventory in-field training seminar

June 28-29: 2021 Green Schools Conference

June 29: Plant health care walking tour at Edsel & Eleanor Ford Estate

Nonprofit spotlight

Logo for Land Information Access Association in green text with a square encompassing a tree, water and people

Beginning in 1990, the Land Information Access Association, today known just as LIAA, created Michigan's first public information technologies designed to share digital maps, graphics and text relevant to community planning and development.

Today, the organization works to help communities find local and sustainable solutions through its planning and community development services. LIAA engages clients, partners and stakeholders in collaborative processes to deliver innovative, responsive and locally-relevant solutions.

In the news


Michigan: Arborist, landscape and urban forestry positions – Davey Tree Expert Company

Durham, N.H.: Urban forestry coordinator – USDA Forest Service 

Albuquerque, N.M.: City forester – City of Albuquerque

Quebec City, Canada: Professor in Urban Forestry – Université Laval

St. Paul, Minn: Urban and community forestry environmental justice coordinator – MNDNR

News articles, workshops, webinars and other information from outside DNR in this publication are provided for informational purposes and are not endorsements.