Urban and Community Forestry News - Dec. 17, 2021

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Urban and Community Forestry News

Snowflakes float through the air in front of a charming, covered wooden bridge in South Haven

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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.

Urban and Community Forestry News will be taking a holiday break and will return with another year of content in 2022.

Grand Rapids group among first environmental equity grant winners

Trees in 3-gallon buckets are lined up, ready to plant

The Arbor Day Foundation announced that the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has been awarded one of its first Environmental Equity Grants, supported by Target Forward. The grants are being awarded for community-based projects addressing climate- and race-related inequities through tree planting initiatives. Learn more about the awards and program

Request T.R.E.E. program support for tree planting help

Photo collage of people holding different types of young trees to plant at home

Groups interested in tree planting and distribution in their communities have an opportunity to request project assistance through Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Restoration and Engagement Events (T.R.E.E.) program. Proposal categories include community engagement and community tree recovery after a disaster. 

Submit a T.R.E.E. proposal for consideration.

Enter the Michigan Arbor Day fifth-grade poster contest

Trees for the Future Logo in green text, with two people holding hands and a tree trunk

Fifth-grade students are invited to share their creativity by submitting an original creation in the Michigan Arbor Day Foundation's annual poster contest. This year's theme is "Trees for the Future." Winning entries will be awarded with Acorn Naturalist gift certificates for students and tree-planting funds for their schools.

Learn about the contest and submit entries by March 7

Be a Bee City to support pollinators like bees, butterflies

Bee City USA logo with bees and flowers, an initiative of the Xerces Society

If you've been following this DNR Urban and Community Forestry Newsletter, you're probably aware of the Tree City USA program which honors community dedication to healthy trees. But did you know that there is also a Bee City USA program? Led by the Xerces Society, communities and campuses can work toward and demonstrate their commitment to healthy pollinators, celebrating the importance of bees and butterflies. Learn how to care for pollinators and achieve Bee City certification

Reminder: Apply for Tree City USA status before deadline

Tree City USA street sign celebrating a growth award with leafy foliage in the background

Celebrate your community's accomplishments in urban and community forestry by applying for Tree City USA program recognition. In addition, universities, healthcare organizations and utilities are eligible for recognition in related programs, including Tree Campus, Tree Campus Healthcare and Tree Line. Communities that have received Tree City designations for at least one year may be eligible for Growth Awards. Learn more and submit an application by Dec. 31. Questions? Contact DNR Urban and Community Forestry coordinator Kevin Sayers.

Workshops and conferences

Jan. 6: Electrical hazard awareness training

Jan. 7: CPR/First aid for tree care professionals

Jan. 10-12: ISA Certified Arborist prep course

Jan. 13: ISA Certified Arborist testing

Jan. 20: Picture this: 2021 landscape issues - A year in review

Jan. 24-26: 2022 Great Lakes Trade Expo

Feb. 7-9: International Society of Arborists - Michigan ArborCon conference

Spotlight: Michigan Green Communities partnership

Michigan Green Communities logo with green text and leaf pattern

Established in 2009, Michigan Green Communities is a statewide sustainability analysis and networking program. The organization promotes sustainability initiatives and provides technical assistance to communities to improve programs. Learn about the network and certification programs

In the news


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

Indianapolis, IN: Community forestry coordinator – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Portland, OR: Urban forestry specialist (3 positions) – City of Portland

Lisle, IL: Postdoctoral researcher, McQuaid Fellow in Tree Genomics – The Morton Arboretum

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