Urban and Community Forestry News - Oct. 1, 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.

Share your thoughts at upcoming DNR meetings

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Love the outdoors? Help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manage natural areas in state parks, forests, wildlife areas and more by participating in public meetings or providing public comment. Your input helps the DNR make decisions on policies, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities.

See a list of October meetings

Check on your trees with the Plant Health Care Report

Water spouts from an orange garden hose

The Morton Arboretum (based in Illinois), a Midwest leader in arboriculture and plant care, issues plant health care reports detailing pests, insects, diseases and weather patterns of note for regional arborists and urban foresters. 

Read the most recent Plant Health Care Report, the final issue for the season, for an update on plant watering, plant stressors, soil temperatures, weather patterns and more, or view the full archive.

'FLOWS Innovation Challenge' to take organics recycling to the next level

A photo of banana peels and other organics in a wooden compost bin

The NextCycle Michigan Initiative led by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has selected eight teams for the FLOWS Innovation Challenge aimed at improving composting of foods, liquids and organic waste systems.

Each team has a project focused on transforming systems for food waste collection and developing new markets for finished compost. The goal is to improve Michigan's circular economy, a system where waste is repurposed and reused instead of heading to a landfill. Teams will participate in an accelerator experience designed to grow and hone their ideas.

Learn more in a recent press release from EGLE

Earth Science Week 2021 to celebrate water

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Earth Science Week 2021, an event organized by the American Geosciences Institute, will launch Oct. 10-16 with the theme "Water Today and For the Future." The event aims to engage young people in exploring science with resources and activities. Learn how to participate and share the importance of water and water science to all living things. 

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, health care 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 by Dec. 31.

Workshops and conferences

Oct. 6-22: Community Forestry Institute webinar series

Oct. 7: A Breath of Fresh Air: The Environmental Agenda for Detroit

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

Oct. 18-19: Pesticide Credit Clinic

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

Oct. 26-27: Pesticide Credit Clinic

Oct. 26-28: Trees and Utilities conference

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

Family forests lead the way

Pie chart of forest ownership: Family forests 38%, corporate 20%, federal 31%, 9% state and 2% local.

Did you know? Most forest land in the U.S. is owned by families! At 38%, families, individuals, trusts and estates care for more forests than any other ownership group. Family forest owners in Michigan can find information and resources to help manage their forests on the DNR's Private Landowners webpage

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In the news


Storrs, CT: Assistant professor, urban and community forestry – University of Connecticut

Chicago, IL: Assistant professor, urban focused ecologist – DePaul University

Smyrna, DE: Arborist/ urban forestry coordinator

Michigan: Multiple 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.