Urban and Community Forestry News - Oct. 22, 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.

Help ReLeaf Michigan plant trees

A shovel in the soil, used for planting trees.

Get outdoors and volunteer with nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan at fall tree planting events. Trees are being planted in Michigan communities to increase tree canopy, provide environmental, health and economic benefits, and add natural beauty. Tree planting events will be held on weekends through Nov. 6.

Find a tree planting event to join

Join the National Urban Wood Network Academy Nov. 19

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The Urban Wood Network, which promotes sustainable reuse of urban wood, is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation for an annual event sharing best practices and industry innovations. The National Urban Wood Network Academy will be held Friday, Nov. 19, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Get more info and register to attend.

Scrape eggs now to beat next year's munching moths

Closeup image of light-brown egg masses laid by moths - they look like brown blobs on the smooth gray bark of a tree

In 2021, populations of hungry lymantria dispar moths, known as gypsy moths, increased. Reports flooded in to forest health experts about moth caterpillars eating tree leaves across the Midwest. To reduce next year's populations, homeowners can look now for tan lumps on trees and scrape the egg masses to prevent them from hatching. Egg masses also can be treated with horticultural oils. 

Read more tips shared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Photo via KMSU. 

Exterior firewood quarantine proposed to protect forests

A bundle of firewood with a "certified Michigan firewood" tag. The bundle is outdoors, and a dusting of snow is on the plastic wrapper.

To protect trees from the more than 140 invasive diseases and pests carried on firewood, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed blocking firewood imported from outside Michigan that does not meet specific safety criteria such as heat treatment. Read more and learn how to submit public comments, which are due Nov. 19. 

Workshops and conferences

Oct. 26-27: Pesticide Credit Clinic

Oct. 26-28: Trees & Utilities Conference

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

Nov. 1-2: Pesticide Credit Clinic

Nov. 4-6: Tree Care Industry Association Expo

Nov. 8-10: 2021 Michigan Association of Conservation Districts fall conference

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.