Urban and Community Forestry News - Sept. 24, 2021

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A couple wearing sweaters walks a fluffy white dog on a trail covered in autumn leaves

Fall in Charlevoix - Michael Murphy IV Photography

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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.

Fall color: Learn the science of it; take a fun fall tour

A fall scene with a road leading through colorful trees in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

Fall is officially here, and that means fall color is a popular topic of conversation. Make sure to:

Plan a color tour. Michigan’s nearly 20 million acres of forest land are predicted to turn ahead of schedule this year. The DNR is ready to help you soak up the the season with our map of ideas to plan your own fall color tour.

Dip into the science of it all. Three factors influence autumn leaf color: leaf pigments, length of night and weather. Learn more about how they all work together to bring on the annual colorfest.

Saturday is National Public Lands Day

A scene in fall from the Iron Belle Trail section in the Huron Manistee National Forest.

Saturday is the annual National Public Lands Day, celebrating the vast network of national parks, forests, lakeshores, wildlife refuges and more with volunteer work activities and free admission at these federal sites.

This year's goal is to highlight diversity in public lands, people, and the ways we value and care for these spaces. Michigan has a number of national park sites, the  Huron-Manistee National Forest, the Hiawatha National Forest and the Ottawa National Forest, as well as wildlife refuges and more.

White House launches plan to guard against extreme heat

The White House logo

President Joe Biden this week announced a coordinated, interagency effort to respond to extreme heat that threatens the lives and livelihoods of Americans, especially workers, children and seniors. Millions of U.S. workers are exposed to heat in their workplaces. Heat also poses higher risks in urban centers and to children, seniors, economically disadvantaged groups and those with underlying health conditions. The initiative includes measures to reduce heat-related illness, protect public health and support the economy.

Apply for recognition with 'Tree City' family of programs

Tree City USA street sign celebrating a growth award with leafy foliage in the background

Celebrate your community's accomplishments in urban and community forestry by applying for Tree City USA program recognition. In addition, universities, healthcare organizations and utilities are eligible for recognition in related programs, including Tree Campus, Tree Campus Healthcare and Tree Line. Communities that have received Tree City designations for at least one year may be eligible for Growth Awards. Learn more and submit an application.

ISA reveals agenda for December virtual conference

Logo for the International Arboriculture Society

Topics ranging from the science of saw chains to assessing and managing aging urban trees are on the agenda for the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2021 virtual conference in December. The sessions also deal with the changing climate, equity issues and other topics related to research, practice and technology. Virtual sessions will be available for attendees to view for up to 30 days following the event.

Workshops and conferences

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

Oct. 1-3: Michigan Alliance for Outdoor Education 2021 conference 

Oct. 6: Community Forestry Institute webinars

Oct. 12-14: Nature & Health 2021 virtual conference

Oct. 18-19: Pesticide Credit Clinics

Oct. 18-20: SHIFT Summit 2021: Ensuring access to nature

Oct. 26-28: Trees and Utilities conference

Oct. 27: Ohio DNR virtual pruning training and hands-on workshops 

In the news

Die, beautiful spotted lanternfly, die

Politics, power and planting trees

DDA moving forward on East Front Street redesign, tree management plan

NPR Podcast - Trees: Our mental, physical, climate change antidote

Michiana pine trees are loaded with cones that will soon hit the ground. Here's why.

Climate change is killing trees and causing power outages

How trees are important tools when it comes to storm runoff


Smyrna, Del.: Arborist/urban forestry coordinator

Chicago: Forestry program coordinator, Openlands

Philadelphia: Trees specialist, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Berryville, Va.: Assistant nursery manager, Casey Trees

Bryan, Ohio: City arborist

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


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