Urban and Community Forestry News - July 16, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

Cyclists with child-trailers use a paved path lined with trees and shrubs

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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.

Gov. Whitmer announces plans for new state park in Flint

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stands at a podium with Genesee County officials to announce the new state park

Fulfilling long-term State of Michigan goals to expand green spaces and access to the outdoors, Gov. Whitmer announced plans for Michigan's 104th state park in Flint, Mich. It will be located at the 60-acre Chevy Commons site in Genesee County, a former brownfield redeveloped as an outdoor recreation space. This addition fulfills elements of the DNR's Public Land Strategy that call for a state park in each of Michigan's 83 counties. 

Urban WildF.I.R.E. program announced by MSU, partners

A wildfire burns in a forest setting, climbing small trees

A new fire training workshop, Urban WildF.I.R.E. (Fire Integrative Research Experience), will soon be offered at Michigan State University. The program is an intensive, interdisciplinary workshop that provides hands-on learning at the intersection of urban forestry and wildland fire. It is offered by MSU, Tennessee State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Learn about the program and submit an application.

Kalamazoo road agency, MSU partner on climate research

A cyclist and school bus are seen on a tree-lined road in Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo County Road Commission will be working with Michigan State University on a new partnership to research the role urban forests play in climate mitigation. The agency will donate trees cut down from project sites for analysis of carbon content by MSU climate scientists. Using project-site trees helps avoid harming healthy trees. The data will share how trees can play a role in absorbing carbon and keeping neighborhoods cool. The partnership is part of a collaboration between MSU’s Forestry Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist with the Forest Inventory Analysis, a national program from the Forest Service known as the "forest census."

July is Wildlife Conservation Month

A grey Kirtland's warbler bird with a yellow belly perches on a branch in the forest

From the majestic moose to the tiny Kirtland's warbler, Michigan's wildlife are part of what makes our state's outdoors special. Learn about them this Wildlife Conservation Month. Want to see more wildlife? Plant a native tree to attract and support wild backyard visitors. 

DNR shares county-level forest industry economic data

A machine with a claw lifts aspen logs as part of a harvesting operation

What do Upper Peninsula forests have to do with jobs in Detroit or Grand Rapids? Forest products created from sustainably-managed and renewable resources fuel jobs across Michigan. From the northern Lower and Upper peninsulas where timber harvesting takes place, to urban areas where raw material is turned into goods we use every day, trees are a huge part of the regional economy and our everyday lives. Learn more from recent economic data released by the DNR.  

Workshops and conferences

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

Aug. 5: Plant pest and disease diagnostic tour – Hope College

Aug. 31: Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association and Dr. Schutzki's Plant Academy

In the news


Bryan, Ohio: City arborist – City of Bryan

Durham, N.H.: Urban and community forestry program coordinator – U.S. Forest Service. 
Internal applicants
External applicants

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

General: Explore career opportunities in environmental science

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