Urban and Community Forestry News - Aug. 13, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

A man leans forward, preparing to throw a bright green disc into the forest in a game of disc golf

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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.

26 communities share $92,500 in tree-planting grants

Wheelbarrows, shovels and other equipment are pictured in a park with trees ready to plant

Twenty-six communities and organizations in Michigan will be planting new trees along streets, parks and other public spaces, after receiving grants sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan. This year's individual grants range in size from $1,800 to $4,000.

It's Tree Check Month: Look for forest pests and diseases

Image of red maple tree graphic with the text: August is tree check month, Asianlonghornedbeetle.com

August is Tree Check Month, a great time to inspect your backyard trees and inspect them for signs of disease or insect damage.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking people to look for and report signs of the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive pest that is not native to Michigan and could cause harm to the state’s forests and orchards. August is the prime time to look for these beetles because they drill round holes in tree trunks in summer, leaving telltale wood shavings that can be spotted near the holes.

Learn more about the effort to catch this insect early if it arrives in Michigan, and check out other tree pest signs to look for this month from the Arbor Day Foundation. 

Apply for USFS landscape-scale forest restoration grants

Aerial view of a densely forested area on the blue shores of Lake Huron

The U.S. Forest Service is accepting applications for restoration grants to protect and restore forest landscapes. The Forest Service estimates that tens of millions of acres of forests and watersheds need restoration work. Competitive, landscape-scale restoration funds known as LSR grants are intended to improve forests in areas such as reduced wildfire risk, improved water quality, insect and disease mitigation and improved wildlife habitat. Learn more about the grants and submit an application by Nov. 5. Application information may be accessed at www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/private-land/landscape-scale-restoration.

Share your photos with Nature Conservancy contest

A photo of a geometric-looking, bright-green fern, taken by Liffey Falls

Photo: "Is that a fern?" by Liffey Falls via The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit, is hosting a photography contest to highlight and share the wonders of nature. Contest categories include: People and Nature, Landscape, Water and Wildlife. Contest winners will receive prizes that include camera kits and gift cards. Learn more and enter the photography contest

Workshops and conferences

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

Sept. 10: Aerial lift and operation training

Sept. 15-16: 2021 ISA-Michigan Fall Conference

Sept. 17-19: Michigan Tree Climbing Championship

Sept. 24: Chainsaw safety, maintenance and tree felling

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: America in Bloom symposium

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.