Urban and Community Forestry News - Oct. 8, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

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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.

Competitive 'race to the treetops' showcases arborists

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Image via Click on Detroit, WDIV

Spectators flocked to watch arborists scramble up giant trees, including a 200-year-old bur oak, the weekend of Sept. 17 at Belle Isle, in Detroit. The 27th annual Michigan Tree Climbing Competition celebrated the unique skills it takes to become an arborist and inspired friendly competition to reach for the treetops. View a quick video recap from local news station WDIV and see final scores on the ISA Michigan website, a sponsoring professional tree-care organization. 

MSU's Beal Botanical Garden director retiring

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Image via Jillian Felton, The State News

Frank Telewski, the director at Michigan's State University's Beal Botanical Garden, is retiring after nearly three decades of service involving the campus arboretum, botanical gardens and MSU Shadows program, which repurposes wood from campus trees. A recent article shares more on Telewski's work and legacy

Two Detroit groups are Thriving Cities Challenge winners

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The Salazar Center’s Thriving Cities Challenge, a competition to inspire projects that advance climate resilience and racial equity through community green spaces, culminated in the announcement of funding for eight teams in cities across North America. Canfield Consortium and Ecoworks, both from Detroit, have received funding for their programs. Learn more about the challenge, teams and winning proposals

Help plant trees in Sturgis, Michigan, Oct. 16

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Volunteers are needed to help plant 50 trees with nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan and partners, including the DNR. The tree planting event will run 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Oak Lawn Cemetery and Sturgis Memorial Gardens. The trees will add natural beauty and shade to the community. Get more information from a recent article on the project

Join the first Green Communities Leadership Institute

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The application period for the first cohort of the Green Communities Leadership Institute is open until Oct. 22. The program is designed for leaders working to create more sustainable communities, encompassing a variety of professions and industries. Get more details and apply for a spot in the program

Workshops and conferences

Oct. 8-22: Community Forestry Institute webinar series

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 & Utilities Conference

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

Make safe firewood choices to protect the places you love

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Forest pests and diseases can be transported on cut firewood, endangering forests, parks and backyards. Learn more about how to responsibly buy firewood from a recent news release issued for Firewood Awareness Month. 

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.