Urban and Community Forestry NewsA bluebird on a nest box with its young
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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. National Environmental Education Week event series Michigan DNR celebrates centennial Grosse Pointe Park urban forester honored with award Partners collaborate to develop new SFI urban and community forestry standard Tree work 101 course: Getting started in arboriculture Workshops and conferences In the news Webinars Resources Funding
National Environmental Education Week event seriesTwo children look at a table of artifacts
A series of virtual events is scheduled to share resources and inspiration this coming Environmental Education Week, April 19-23. Presentations will cover community science tools, classroom activities, and other environmental education topics for teachers and parents. Register for event reminders and find more information on sessions.
Michigan DNR celebrates centennialBanner image of DNR centennial logo against a starry sky
The DNR has reached 100 years old! A century ago, Michigan looked very different. Game species and habitat were declining and lumbered-out forests weren’t being replanted. The conservation movement was just getting started, prompting the establishment of the Michigan Department of Conservation, the precursor to the DNR, to protect our state’s natural resources. Today’s Michigan Department of Natural Resources has celebrated milestones such as restoring wild elk, turkeys, and the Kirtland’s Warbler and planting trees across the nearly 4 million-acre state forest system. DNR staffers have created a webpage at Michigan.gov/DNRCentennial to highlight the department’s efforts and share 100 ways to celebrate the centennial. Grosse Pointe Park urban forester honored with an awardBrian Colter holds the Honors Award he achieved
Urban forester Brian Colter of Grosse Pointe Park recently received the 2020 Honors Award from the International Society of Arboriculture. The annual award recognizes a certified arborist for their success in the field. Colter has exemplified a dedication to environmentally sustainable practices and helped Grosse Pointe Park achieve 27 Tree City USA designations and 13 growth awards. Colter also developed a wood reutilization program, where removed trees are reused to make park benches and hardwood floors. Partners collaborate to develop new SFI urban and community forestry standards. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. is launching a partnership to develop a new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard for application in North America and potentially globally. SFI will collaborate with five urban forestry leaders: American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of Municipal Arborists, and Tree Canada. Learn more about the initiative. Tree work 101 courses: Getting started in arboricultureImage of an arborist sawing a branch from Bugwood.org
ISA Michigan and Michigan State University have partnered on a new training program to teach tree care skills in topic areas including groundwork, climbing, and aerial lift and rescue. Courses will be held at Muskegon Community College. Learn more and register online; classes begin April 9. Workshops and conferences
April 8:  Introduction to tree/shrub insect/disease identification
April 9:  Introduction to proper tree pruning and planting techniques
April 14: Michigan Tree City USA Virtual Awards and Education Conference
April 14: The Use and Abuse of Logical Fallacies in Tree-Related Conflicts
April 15, 22 & 29: Three-part series on System-level Tree Risk Management
April 19, 21, 26 & 28: Four-part series, International Society of Arboriculture Municipal Specialist Certification Exam Prep