Urban and Community Forestry News - July 23, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

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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.

Apply for EGLE nonpoint source pollution grants

Panoramic photo of a boater on the Muskegon River, surrounded by forest

Michigan communities with approved watershed management plans may apply to a request for nonpoint source pollution project proposals from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Nonpoint pollution sources are those that do not have a specific origin, such as the end of a pipe, but are more widespread such as runoff from parking lots. Proposals must outline plans to implement priority nonpoint source pollution recommendations in critical areas. About $4.3 million in state and federal funding is expected to be available for projects. Register for an informational webinar and find more applicant information.

Summer issue of 'City Trees' shares arborist tips

Cover image of City Trees Magazine, the Journal of the Society of Municipal Arborists

City Trees, the online journal of the Society of Municipal Arborists, shares the latest industry knowledge and events for arborists. In the summer issue, read about urban forestry at the University of Tennessee; explore the biodiversity of birds, bees and trees; and examine a profile of the Higan Cherry, a "tree of merit." Read City Trees: June/July 2021

Report translates forest benefits into economic values

Cover of community forests report featuring hiking and biking people and the Trust For Public Land logo

A recently published report by the Trust For Public Land, a conservation organization working to support access to the outdoors, focuses on the importance of community forests to resident well-being.

The report uses a case-study approach to translate the diverse benefits of community forests into economic terms. 

Read Community Forests: A path to prosperity and connection

Resilience Fund grants available in Southeast Michigan

Map of eligible project area in SE Mich - St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe counties

The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund, a partnership of corporate, foundation and government funders, is opening a grant opportunity aimed at improving community resilience. The fund will award grants to increase ability of communities and natural resources in Southeast Michigan to adapt to change by reducing the impact of stormwater, improving water quality, enhancing habitat and increasing the accessibility and usability of public green space and natural areas. Grants will be awarded in two categories:

  1. Expanding green stormwater infrastructure and enhancing public space
  2. Improving habitat quality, connectivity and accessibility  

Approximately $1.2 million total is expected to be available; awards will range from $100,000 to $300,000. Learn more and submit preproposals by Aug. 31.

Workshops and conferences

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

Sept. 15-16: 2021 ISA-Michigan fall conference

Arbor Day Foundation and SFI® support sustainability

A graphic of the continental U.S. showing reforestation locations, including WA, WI, MI, PA, VI and SC.

In 2020, the Arbor Day Foundation helped local partners plant more than 1.3 million trees on forest lands that are Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) certified. Third-party certification indicates that forest lands are managed using sustainable methods. Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.

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In the news

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