Urban and Community Forestry News - Jan. 21, 2022

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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.

Conservation districts getting ready for spring seedlings

A table stacked with wrapped seedlings ready to be planted

Local conservation districts located across Michigan are a great resource for purchasing seedlings to plant. Conservation district staff can also help connect you with information on soil health, water conservation, forestry, gardening and other topics. Find your local conservation district.

Kids: Submit a Kirtland's warbler art contest entry

A colorful drawing of a Kirtland's Warbler made by a child

Photo via Huron-Manistee National Forests

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students are invited to show off their artistic skills by entering the Huron-Manistee National Forests 2022 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest. Winning entries will be placed in an 18-month calendar that showcases their creations and highlights the recovery of this previously-endangered species. Learn more and submit a contest entry

Can't get enough of this special little bird? Share your love for wildlife by purchasing a Kirtland's warbler wildlife habitat license plate and celebrate its recovery! All proceeds from the sale of the wildlife habitat license plate will support the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, benefiting species like the Kirtland’s warbler.

Learn about invasive species with 2022 webinar series

Green Not MI Species banner with magnifying glass graphic advertising webinar series

Add understanding invasive species and their impacts on the environment to your to-do list this year; Michigan’s free NotMISpecies webinar series makes this easy to accomplish. One information-packed hour each month can provide insights into the people, technologies and programs at work across the state to identify, prevent and control invasive species. Register for invasive species webinars hosted by the Michgian Invasive Species Program

Yale Forest Forum announces urban forestry seminars

The Yale Forest Forum is hosting a spring speaker series, "Theory to Practice of Urban Forest Management," focusing on urban forestry topics including climate change, silviculture, stand dynamics and case studies. Webinars will be hosted from Jan. 20-April 14 on Thursdays. Register for the urban forestry webinars.

Four people work together to plant a tree near a neighborhood street

Prune oak trees in winter to prevent oak wilt disease

Oak leaves wilting and browning due to oak wilt disease

DNR forest health specialists remind homeowners and landscapers that now is the best time to prune oak trees. These trees can be infected by oak wilt fungus if pruned during the high-risk period April 15-July 15.

“Beetles that can carry the disease from tree to tree are not very active now, and the trees are not vulnerable to infection,” said Simeon Wright, forest health specialist with the DNR Forest Resources Division. “The beetles are attracted to fresh bark damage or wounds where tree limbs have been removed.”

Learn more about oak wilt and how to protect trees from infection. 

Arbor Day Foundation celebrates 50-year anniversary

Arbor Day Foundation 50th anniversary banner with logo and forest background

The Arbor Day Foundation, a leading voice in connecting people to the value of trees, is celebrating a milestone anniversary. Since its inception in 50 years ago in 1972, the foundation is the largest member nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. Learn about the Arbor Day Foundation's work in a commemorative anniversary video reflecting on past work and sharing what's planned for the future.

Workshops and conferences

Jan. 24-26: 2022 Great Lakes Trade Expo

Feb. 14-16: International Society of Arborists - Michigan ArborCon conference

In the news


Baltimore, MD: Chief of forestry – City of Baltimore

Bellaire, MI: Executive director – Antrim Conservation District

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

Mason, MI: Executive director – Ingham Conservation District

St. Johns, MI: Executive director – Clinton Conservation District

Washington D.C.: Garden Club of Americaurban forestry fellowship – Casey Trees

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