Urban and Community Forestry News - Nov. 12, 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.

DNR awards more than $117,000 for community forestry

A sunlit path through a park is flanked by green trees

Tree planting, care and planning will be supported by a round of community forestry grants awarded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. The awards, totaling $117,208, were competitively ranked and will benefit projects in Berrien, Ingham, Isabella, Kent, Leelanau, Oakland, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

See which communities received grants and learn more about the UCF program in the award announcement

Arbor Day features Michigan students, school forests

Cover of Arbor Day newsletter featuring students holding a sign: "We planted trees for clean water"

Ten projects to plant more than 110,000 trees in Michigan school forests were recently featured in the Arbor Day Foundation's online newsletter. Each of the participating schools has developed a Forest Stewardship Plan, a roadmap to help schools sustainably maintain their forests and teach students the importance of healthy trees for clean air and water. The tree planting projects were supported by partner organizations including the Michigan DNR. Read the article on pages 4 and 5 of the Arbor Day newsletter.  

Input needed on new urban forest sustainability standard

Sustainable Forestry Initiative logo

Public comments are being accepted by Dec. 1 for a new forestry standard developed for North American urban and community forests by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. The SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard for application in North America will be developed collaboratively with five urban forestry leaders: American Forests, the Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists and Tree Canada. Learn more and submit comments.

Workshops and conferences

Nov. 17-18: Partners in Community Forestry

Nov. 19: Urban Wood Network Academy

Nov. 29: Tree risk assessment qualification renewal course

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2: Tree risk assessment qualification full course

Dec. 7: Pesticide Category/Core Review and Update

Spotlight: Society of Municipal Arborists

Logo for society of municipal arborists in gold and green with an orange leaf

Founded in 1964, the SMA is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters. Its membership also includes consultants, commercial firms, nonprofits, tree boards and others who practice or support a facet of municipal forestry. The organization works to build professional skills and connections, support an industry code of ethics and provide development opportunities for tree-care professionals to result in more sustainable and livable communities. Learn more about SMA and register for training events


East/Central Iowa: Iowa field coordinator – Trees Forever

Chicago: Assistant Professor, urban-focused ecologist – DePaul University

Columbus, Ohio:  Assistant/associate professor, natural resources education – Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio: City Forester – City of Columbus

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