Urban and Community Forestry News - Jan. 7, 2022

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Urban and Community Forestry News

Icy branches of a tree stand out against a wintry blue sky

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.

Get environmental training from Michigan EGLE

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy hosts conferences, workshops and webinars on sustainability practices and topics related to the protection of Michigan's environment and public health. Sign up for educational events and webinars

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

There's still time to join the Green Communities Challenge

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Are you a county, city, village or township official interested in making your community greener? The Michigan Green Communities program is back! Learn more about the updates coming to the Michigan Green Communities Challenge and how to get involved in a recent webinar

Workshops and conferences

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

In the news

What's beneath the surface? You might be surprised!

Soil health graphic: soil has 25%+ of the earth's biodiversity. I gram of soil contains 1 billion microorganisms and around 4,000 species.

Sunlight and water are essential for healthy trees, but below the surface, soil quality and nutrients are also important. The USDA Forest Service says that soil contains more than a quarter of the Earth's biodiversity in the form of small organisms. The health of the soil is important for things that grow from it, like plants and trees. 


Idaho: Urban and community forestry lands program manager – Idaho Department of Lands

St. Louis, MO: Region 9 urban connections coordinator – USDA Forest Service

Charlotte, MI: Arbor Day and environmental outreach coordinator – Eaton Conservation District

Michigan: Multiple urban forestry positions – Davey Tree Expert Company

Albuquerque, NM: City forester – City of Albuquerque

Nationwide: Tree inventory technician, proposal coordinator – PlanIt Geo

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