Urban and Community Forestry News - Nov. 19, 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.

Save the date: TEDx COUNTDOWN event on urban wood

Banner image: TEDx Urban Wood Network presents COUNTDOWN, 12-2-21, East Lansing Michigan

Mark your calendar for a Dec. 2 TEDx COUNTDOWN event presented by the Urban Wood Network, taking place at Michigan State University's STEM Teaching and Learning Facility constructed from mass timber. COUNTDOWN is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The event will feature the talk, "How Urban Wood Utilization Positively Impacts Carbon & The Climate Crisis," along with other COUNTDOWN TEDx talk videos. Get event details and tickets. 

Join the 2022 Michigan Green Communities Challenge

Michigan Green Communities logo, with green text and green starburst graphic

Communities can earn points and measure their progress toward sustainability by joining the Michigan Green Communities Challenge. The challenge, launching in January, is open to any local government in Michigan. Awards will highlight bronze, silver or gold certifications that show progress in categories like energy efficiency and other initiatives. Joining provides access to educational workshops and networking opportunities. Learn more and join the challenge.

Big trees: 2021 Champion Tree Register now available

A towering Champion Tree spreads its branches in Bur, Michigan

How tall is the tallest tree in your state? The 2021 Champion Tree Registry from American Forests has been published, and you can use it to see some seriously impressive, towering trees. Learn more and check out Michigan's 5 Champion Trees.

Workshops and conferences

Nov. 29: Tree risk assessment qualification renewal course

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

Dec. 2:  How urban wood utilization positively impacts carbon & the climate crisis

Dec. 7: Pesticide category/core review and update

Dec. 13-16: 2021 ISA Annual Conference

Dec. 16: Pesticide category/core review & update

In the news


Grand Rapids, MI:  Executive director – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Detroit, MI: Assistant urban community forester – The Greening of Detroit

River Forest, IL: Deputy director of resource management – Forest Preserves of Cook County

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