Urban and Community Forestry News - Dec. 3, 2021

Share or view as webpage  |  Update preferences

Urban and Community Forestry News

A group of three skiiers enjoy a lantern-lit winter trail

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.

Prep trees for winter weather to keep them healthy

A man in safety gear prunes a tree

There's still time to prepare trees to withstand Michigan's winter ice and winds by pruning, mulching and performing annual inspections. Spending a little time protecting trees can help keep them healthy and prevent damage, like broken limbs, that can introduce disease or weaken the tree. 

Learn more in a DNR story sharing winter tree care tips

U.S. EPA releases climate change vulnerability report

Collage image of potential climate impacts including flooding, air quality and infrastructure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report this fall titled "Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the United States," focusing on six potential climate-related impacts to vulnerable populations. These impacts, made worse in areas where there are few community trees, include flooding, air quality issues and extreme temperatures. Learn more about the EPA report

Apply for Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration

Aerial image of Belle Isle and Detroit River with blue waters and green trees

Funding totaling $2.6 million for restoration of urban waters including wetlands, rivers, lakes and coastal forests is available in 2022 through a public-private partnership. The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program supports projects that implement ecological improvements or improve community outreach on the value of natural resources. 

Get eligibility information and submit proposals by Jan. 25, 2022

See the 2021 champion trees on the big tree register

A large bur oak in a Michigan neighborhood

How tall is the tallest tree in your state? The 2021 National Register of Champion Trees 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 five champion trees.

Workshops and conferences

Dec. 7: Pesticide category/core review and update

Dec. 13-16: 2021 ISA Annual Conference

Feb. 7-9: ISA-Michigan ArborCon Conference

In the news


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

Lisle, Illinois: Chicago Region Trees Initiative community coordinator – The Morton Arboretum

Portland, Oregon: Urban forestry specialist (3 jobs) – City of Portland

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