Urban and Community Forestry News - July 2, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

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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.

New partnership to tackle contamination using trees

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The Arbor Day Foundation and Intrinsyx Environmental, a pioneer in environmental remediation, are partnering to launch a remediation plan to use trees and plants to clean up contaminated land. This process, known as phytoremediation, uses specific plant cultivars to extract contaminants from soil and water. This approach can be used on erosion-sensitive sites and other areas where traditional methods might not be the best fit. Learn more about the partnership

Nationwide study calls for 522 million new trees

Smiling children help plant trees in a park, digging into red soil with shovels, supervised by adults

The nonprofit American Forests developed a Tree Equity Score tool using canopy cover and census data to determine how tree coverage patterns vary across regions with differing socioeconomic and racial demographics. An analysis of the data supported previous research indicating disparities in tree cover among different socioeconomic and racial groups. The analysis also proposed 522 million more trees for optimal levels of tree coverage, equity, job creation and health benefits. Trees provide environmental benefits to communities like cooler cities and cleaner air, and other benefits such as increased property values, lower crime rates and better mental health. 

Photo by Susan Pierce, via Bugwood.org. 

Municipal Forestry Institute trains emerging leaders

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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. 

USDA seeks public input on justice and equity in programs

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to identify barriers that people may face in getting information they need from the federal agency. That could mean accessing, enrolling or participating in USDA programs and services, or simply engaging with USDA staff. The agency is asking the public to share opinions online or by mail.

It’s all part of the agency’s effort to implement Executive Order 13985, "Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government." Learn more and submit comments by July 15.

Workshops and conferences

July 13-15: 2021 Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

July 15: Plant health care walking tour at historic Henry Ford Estate

July 20: Plant health care walking tour at Clinton-Macomb Public Library

July 22: Plant health care walking tour at Cranbrook Institute

July 27: Plant health care practices and procedures

Aug. 3: Plant pest and disease diagnostic tour – DOW Gardens

In the news

Need to cool down? Trees have you covered

Bright green infographic showing that trees cool neighborhoods, reducing air temps by 9 degrees and as much as 20-45 degrees directly underneath

Keep cool this summer with trees! Trees help cool neighborhoods with their shade and also provide other benefits, such as erosion control, clean air, increased property values and wildlife habitat. 

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