Urban and Community Forestry News - Aug. 20, 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.

Invasive balsam woolly adelgid discovered in Michigan

Small, white, cottony masses on the smooth, gray trunk of a fir tree indicate the presence of balsam woolly adelgid.

The first Michigan detection of a tiny invasive insect, the balsam woolly adelgid, has been confirmed in Kent County by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Forest health specialists are investigating to determine the extent of the infestation and taking measures to control the problem. Homeowners are encouraged to check their fir trees for signs of invasive insects and report them to the the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. Learn more about the balsam woolly adelgid in a recent press release from MDARD

SFI® opens RFP for forest conservation grant program

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® is has issued a request for proposals to build a better understanding of the value of SFI® certification relative to climate change, biodiversity and water, continuing work started in 2010 to foster research around forest best management practices. Learn more about the grant program and apply by Oct. 22. 

Project Learning Tree video brings forest education to life

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A new video from Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program focusing on nature and the outdoors, is sharing the program's story through the voices of youth and educators. "The Forest Classrooms: Raising Responsible Children" shares the value of time spent outdoors making connections with the natural world. 

Environmental Justice Initiative grants now available

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The Arbor Day Foundation will partner with Alliance for Community Trees organizations to address climate and race-related inequities in forestry through strategic support of tree planting, tree care and community engagement initiatives in cities around the United States. Applications for grants of up to $100,000 to further these goals are available and will focus on principles including justice literacy, humility, listening and proportionality. Learn more and apply by Sept. 30

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

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August is Tree Check Month, a great time to inspect your backyard trees 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. 

Workshops and conferences

Aug. 24: Requalification course for oak wilt qualified specialists

Aug. 25-26: Oak wilt identification and management qualification course

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

In the news


Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund request for proposals
Aug. 31 (preproposals)
Nov. 4 (full proposals)

ISA virtual conference student grants
Deadline: Sept. 15

Michigan DNR community forestry grants
Deadline: Sept. 17

USFS landscape scale restoration grants
Sept. 24 (state)
Nov. 5 (federal)

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