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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. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative forestry grants available Community forestry lunchtime webinar series kicking off Major i-Tree online tool update incorporates new science Tick season is here – prevent them at work and home May is Michigan Oak Wilt Awareness MonthWorkshops and conferences In the newsWebinarsResourcesFundingGreat Lakes Restoration Initiative forestry grants available|
New grant funds totaling up to $4.5 million are available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for work to accelerate reforestation, ecosystem restoration and forest health in the Great Lakes Basin. Funds will be competitively awarded to eligible entities including state agencies, tribal communities, nonprofit organizations, and others. Focus areas include mitigating insect and disease impacts, reducing runoff through green infrastructure, and restoring coastal and riparian habitats. Learn more and apply for a forest restoration grant by July 8.
Community forestry lunchtime webinar series kicking off
The Urban Forestry Team at Penn State University Extension is starting a webinar series on community forestry topics beginning next month. Monthly, hour-long webinars will start at noon EST, June 16, talking about urban tree pests. One ISA Certified Arborist Continuing Education Unit will be offered for each webinar, pending approval. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon request for landscape architects and others. Learn more and register for the webinars. Major i-Tree online tool update incorporates new science
Arborists using i-Tree software can expect to see changes to MyTree, Design, Planting, and API access tools following a major May 3 software update. New science from the USDA Forest Service was incorporated and will address carbon storage and sequestration estimates for the tools. Other changes include new wood density data and updates to pollution removal and hydrology effects. Learn more about the update. Tick season is here – prevent them at work and home
With warmer spring weather comes outdoor work and recreation, and the possibility of encountering a tick. Ticks can carry disease-causing pathogens and it’s important to protect yourself, work teams, family, and pets from bites. Wearing long pants and tall socks in the field and applying insect repellent can help ward them off. Get more information on preventing tick-borne diseases from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. May is Michigan Oak Wilt Awareness Month.
May is Michigan Oak Wilt Awareness Month proclaimed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to spread knowledge about this deadly oak disease and share the importance of these valuable trees in Michigan communities. How can you protect oak trees from oak wilt? Don’t prune oaks between April 15 and July 15 to reduce the chances that flying beetles will transmit the disease from tree to tree. Also, buy firewood near where you plan to burn it.
Learn more about Oak Wilt Awareness Month.
Workshops and conferences
May 18-19: Urban Forest Symposium: Urban forest reboot
May 20: Green Industry Association CPR/First Aid certification
May 21: Electrical hazards awareness for arborists
May 24: Tree Risk Assessment Qualification renewal course
May 24-26: Climate Leadership Conference
June 9, 16 and 23: Three-part series on system-level tree risk management in the news Detroit Zoo: Detroit Zoological Society commits to planting 2,000 treesProceeds from tree poster to go to Frankfort’s Tree BoardNorth Central Michigan College receives Tree Campus designation At Purdue University, Urban Forestry focuses on creating urban forestIndianapolis residents watch neighborhoods change, forests disappear with development A quarter of new invasive species were spotted by everyday citizen-scientists