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Annual Tree and Shrub Sale Fundraiser

Purchase now through April 18, 2016

Pick up date is April 30, 2016

Big Tree Hunt Ceremony

All are Invited!

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Whiting Forest Visitor Center, 
2303 Eastman Ave, 
Midland, MI 48640 (near Dow Gardens) 
1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.  

The ceremony is free and open to the public. 

Since 1993, ReLeaf Michigan, a nonprofit tree organization, has challenged the public to find Michigan's largest living trees through its Big Tree Hunt contest.  ReLeaf Michigan and its sponsors are pleased to announce the grand prize winners of the 2013-2015 contest.


  • Largest Tree Submitted by a Big Tree Hunter 16 years or older - 311" circumference entered by Dale Dellar and located in Harrisville, in Alcona County.
  • Largest White Pine (Michigan's state tree) - 136" circumference White Pine entered by Stephan Solberg and Victoria Everitt and located in Spring Lake, in Ottowa County.
  • Largest Tree Submitted by a Big Tree Hunter 15 year old or younger - 315" circumference American sycamore tree entered by Kindell Covey and located in Adrian, in Lenawee County.

These winners, along with the winners for the largest tree entered in each county and any trees entered that might be potential state champions, will receive a certificate and gift at a ceremony to be held 

Potential state champion entries are forwarded to the Michigan Botanical Club Big Tree Coordinator for review and possible inclusion in the State Champion Tree List.  These champions are considered for the National Register of Big Trees, a program of American Forests.  Michigan has 28 registered National Champion Trees.



The Michigan Big Tree Hunt Contest coordinated by ReLeaf Michigan and sponsored by the Michigan Botanical Club and Foundation, Arboriculture Society of Michigan, Consumers Energy Foundation and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

A  "Hands-on" Workshop: 
Tree Problem Diagnosis and Management 

This workshop will be held 3 times 
at different locations and dates

 The array of problems that can affect the health of our trees is truly astonishing.  These problems can range from the increasing occurrence of invasive pests and diseases to common cultural and environmental problems.  The wide diversity of maladies may not only be difficult to diagnose but many can also mimic one another, making management decisions very challenging.  This educational session provides the participants a hands-on opportunity to try to diagnose the problem before it is discussed as a group along with management options.  The current status on the spread of oak wilt throughout the state will also be given.

Speaker:  Dr. David Roberts, Ph.D., Plant Pathologist, Michigan State University,College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Lower Grand River Watershed
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Gaines Charter Township
Room A
8555 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Caledonia, MI 48316
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saginaw Bay Watershed
Thursday, January 21, 2016
City Forest Chalet
2840 E. Monroe St
Midland, MI 48316
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grand Traverse Bay Watershed
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Garfield Township Hall
3848 Veterans Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
9:00 am- 12:00 pm


Saturday, November 7, 2015
Tree Planting
Manor Park in Birmingham

The city of Birmingham is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 20 trees on Saturday, November 7th in Manor Park, off Shepardbush St., south of W. Big Beaver Road and west of S. Adams Road.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday morning.  Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools.  The group will meet at the park entrance at 8:45 a.m. to sign in and enjoy light refreshments.  ReLeaf Michigan will demonstrate how to properly plant a tree at 9:00 a.m.  The group will split up from there to do the plantings.  Twenty large sized trees are being planted.

ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit organization, partners with communities statewide to replenish our tree canopies through tree planting events.  Trees provide many benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and reducing carbon in our atmosphere.  By partnering with ReLeaf Michigan, the city of Birmingham continues to build on an already successful forestry program that invests in the city’s future.  This planting is being sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan and the DTE Foundation.

Special thanks to City officials and staff for their much appreciated collaboration to enhance this wonderful community.

WHERE:  Manor Park, Shepardbush St., south of W. Big Beaver Road and west of South Adams Road

WHEN:  Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SPONSORS: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), City of Birmingham, and the DTE Foundation.

COST:  This event is free!  RSVP’s appreciated – claird@bhamgov.org or  248-530-1714.


Saturday, November 7, 2015
Tree Planting
Gunn-Dyer Park in Royal Oak

The city of Royal Oak is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 20 trees on Saturday, November 7 in Gunn-Dyer Park, 3599 Hunter Rd, Royal Oak, 48073, corner of Hunter and Hampton Roads.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday morning.  Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools.  The group will meet at the northeast end of the bleachers in the park at the corner of Hunter and Hampton Roads at 9:30 a.m. to sign in and enjoy light refreshments.  ReLeaf Michigan will demonstrate how to properly plant a tree.  The group will split up from there to do the plantings.  Twenty large sized trees are being planted.

ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit organization, partners with communities statewide to replenish our tree canopies through tree planting events.  Trees provide many benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and reducing carbon in our atmosphere.  By partnering with ReLeaf Michigan, the city of Royal Oak is continuing to build on an already successful forestry program that invests in the city’s future.  This planting is being sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan and the DTE Foundation.

Special thanks to City officials who continue their collaboration to enhance this wonderful community.

WHERE:  Gunn-Dyer Park, 3599 Hunter Rd., Royal Oak 48073 (meet at the NE corner of the bleachers, Hunter/Hampton Roads.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SPONSORS: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), City of Royal Oak, and the DTE Foundation.

COST:  This event is free! 


Saturday, November 7, 2015
Tree Planting
Kensington Road in Bloomfield Hills
     
The city of Bloomfield Hills is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 26 trees on Saturday, November 7 along Kensington Rd., north of E. Long Lake Rd.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday morning.  Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools.  The group will meet at the DPW Yard, 1805 Kensington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 at 8:45 a.m. to sign in and enjoy light refreshments.  ReLeaf Michigan will start off the planting by demonstrating how to properly plant a tree.  The group will split up from there to do the plantings.  Twenty six trees are being planted.

ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit organization, partners with communities statewide to replenish our tree canopies through tree planting events.  Trees provide many benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and reducing carbon in our atmosphere.  By partnering with ReLeaf Michigan, the city of Bloomfield Hills is continuing to build on an already successful forestry program that invests in the city’s future.  This planting is being sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan.

Special thanks to City officials and staff for their much appreciated collaboration to enhance this wonderful community!

WHERE:  Bloomfield Hills DPW Yard, 1805 Kensington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (north of East Long Lake Road, west side of road)

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SPONSORS:  ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org) and the City of Bloomfield Hills

COST:   This event is free!  

Sylvan Lake Tree Planting 

The City of Sylvan Lake is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 20 trees. The trees will be planted on public property along Lakeland and Woodland. 
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday morning. (Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools.) T

he group will meet at the Sylvan Lake City Hall to sign in and enjoy light refreshments. ReLeaf Michigan personnel will demonstrate how to properly plant a tree. The group will split up from there to do the plantings. Twenty trees are being planted: 6 River Birch, 5 Valley Forge Elms, 3 Greenspire Lindens and 6 Ginkgos. All trees are from Milarch Nursery in Wixom. 

ReLeaf Michigan and Sylvan Lake recently completed a street tree inventory with volunteers which helped determine the type of trees to be planted so as to increase diversity in the canopy. Special thanks to City officials and volunteers who continue their collaboration to enhance this wonderful community. 

WHEN and WHERE: Sylvan Lake City Hall, 1820 Inverness, Sylvan Lake 48320, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

SPONSORS:ReLeaf Michigan, City of Sylvan Lake, Studio A Center for Performing Arts, LLC in Commerce, Michigan and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program.


Fruitport Village is partnering with ReLeaf Michigan to plant 16 trees. Six of the trees will be planted on South Third in the Village of Fruitport and the other 10 trees will be planted on Sheringer Road in Fruitport Township.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday morning. (Volunteers are asked to bring closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing.) The group will meet at the DPS yard where ReLeaf Michigan will provide tree-planting instructions.  Refreshments will be served as well. The group will split up from there to do the plantings.

ReLeaf Michigan, a non profit organization, partners with communities statewide to replenish our tree canopies through tree planting events.  Trees provide many benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and reducing carbon in our atmosphere. By partnering with ReLeaf Michigan, Fruitport Village can access tree expertise while leading a program that invests in its future.



WHERE AND WHEN:  Northeast corner of Park and Third Streets, Fruitport Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


SPONSORS:  ReLeaf Michigan, Fruitport Village, and DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program


COST:  This event is free!

Save Your Oak Trees from Oak Wilt

3 FREE Presentations for 
Homeowners and Arborists
This presentation will be held 3 times so if you miss one night, 
check out the other dates/times  

WHAT:
Oak Wilt is killing oak trees in Michigan and the problem is getting worse.

Join us to learn how you protect your trees from oak wilt.

Dr. David Roberts, Ph.D., Michigan State University, Agriculture and Natural Resources, is a Plant Pathologist who will explain:

·      What oak wilt is
·      What trees are affected
·      What does (or does not) cause it to spread
·      How to protect your trees
·      Important dates and restrictions
·      Guidelines for hiring a tree service or arborist


DATETIMELOCATION
Tuesday, September 86:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Grand Haven Community Center Auditorium
421 Columbus
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Wednesday, September 96:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Hartland High School Auditorium
10635 Dunham Rd.
Hartland, MI 48353
Thursday, September 106:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Denton Township Hall
2565 S. Gladwin Rd.
Prudenville, MI 48651




Hands on Pruning Workshop for Homeowners

Homeowner Educational Workshop 
that includes an Opportunity to "Ask an Arborist"
  
WHAT:           
All are invited to a tree education workshop that addresses the correct way to prune trees and shrubs for their long-term health and vitality.  Participants will learn the basics of pruning, including the biology of a tree, proper timing for pruning, and how to make a proper cut.  Safety will be stressed as well as debunking some pruning myths.  The workshop will be presented by Dr. David Roberts Ph.D. - Michigan State University Extension.
The workshop will start with a PowerPoint presentation followed by a hands-on workshop so participants can have the chance to practice making proper pruning cuts during the session.  If you have hand pruners, please bring them. Afterwards, the class can join an "Ask the Arborist" session.  Participants can bring in plant material and ask specific questions about their trees and shrubs. 
WHERE:        
Standish Historical Depot 
107 N Main St., Standish, MI 48658
WHEN:           
Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
HOSTED BY:
ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org) and the Arenac County Conservation District (http://www.arenacconservationdistrict.com)
COST:
The cost is $5.  Checks can be made out to ReLeaf Michigan and mailed to 1100 N. Main St., Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or participants can pay at the door. In order to ensure enough handouts please RSVP to info@ReLeafMichigan.org or on 1-800-642-7353 even if paying at the door.


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‘Measure What You Manage: Inventories, Urban Tree Canopy Assessments, iTree Demystified’
Free Educational Seminar
Three Sesssions; August 11, 12 or 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
3 ISA CEU's Approved
SAF - 2.5 hours Category 1-CF Credit Approved

WHAT:  All are invited to an interactive seminar conducted by Project Developer and Community Forestry Consultant, Lee Mueller of the Davey Resource Group. Lee will discuss what you should be measuring and the variety of tools and methods available to collect data on community trees.  With various objectives, budgets and needs in mind he will highlight some of the the common tools; from tree inventories to urban tree canopy assessments and explore the uses, costs and benefits associated with each. Then with real world examples he will discuss ways to maximize use of the data gathered by integrating it into existing systems and processes (e.g. work management, community GIS), to use free or low-cost tools to perform indepth analyses (mapping/visualization) and to communicate effectively with citizens, volunteers and community leadership.  The seminar will conclude with a city forester (tbd) talking about their specific data/inventory experience.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
  • Community Foresters, Arborists, Forestry Supervisors, Consultants
  • Municipal leaders, committee members, and staff
  • DPW Directors and staff
  • Urban Planners
  • Anyone responsible for tree care and management
WHERE and WHEN:
Three sessions are being offered.  The presenter and material is the same for all three sessions.  The only difference may be the city forester talking about their specific experience.

WHEN:    


Saginaw Bay Watershed Forestry Network -

Tuesday, August 11, 20159:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Chippewa Nature Center - 400 S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640-8661


Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network

Wednesday, August 12, 2015   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Garfield Township Hall, 3848 Veterans Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684


Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Gaines Charter Township, 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. Caledonia, MI 49316


RSVP: Programs are free and open to all.  Please share with colleagues.

            Call (800) 642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org


The above Forestry Network meetings are funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and CommunityForestry Program and Consumers Energy and is presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.



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The Great ReLeaf Michigan's 
Big Tree Hunt Has Begun!
Get your marching orders here

Annual Tree and Shrub Fundraiser 
(stay tuned, selections will be posted in February 2015)


‘Top Things to Know About Your Trees’
Free Seminar and Clinic
Includes an Opportunity to “Ask an Arborist”
WHAT:  All are invited to our interactive seminar conducted by experienced arborist and Tree expert Kay Sicheneder, Plant Health Care Manager of Owen Tree Service. Kay will discuss how you can tell if your tree is healthy and what should be done (and avoided) to ensure the long-term health and vitality of their trees.

Seminar topics will include factors to consider when selecting trees for your landscape, the importance, and function of roots, what needs to be done to maintain the trees, and when/how to hire a tree service.. The presentation is interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring questions. For the “Ask an Arborist” part of the presentation, attendees are welcome to bring in plant material or photos of their trees in order to ask specific questions.

WHERE:  Sylvan Lake Community Center, 2456 Pontiac Dr., Sylvan Lake, Michigan, 48320

WHEN:    Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

SPONSORS:   ReLeaf Michigan, City of Sylvan Lake, Sylvan Lake Garden Club, and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program

RSVP: Call (800) 642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org
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HANDS-ON PRUNING WORKSHOP FOR HOMEOWNERS

Homeowner Educational Workshop that includes an Opportunity to “Ask an Arborist”

WHAT:           
All are invited to a tree education workshop that addresses the correct way to prune trees and shrubs for their long-term health and vitality.  Participants will learn the basics of pruning, including the biology of a tree, proper timing for pruning, and how to make a proper cut.  Safety will be stressed as well as debunking some pruning myths. The workshop will be presented by Ray Jennings, Arborist and Manager of Whiting Forest, Dow Gardens

The workshop will start with a Powerpoint presentation followed by a hands-on workshop so participants can have the chance to practice making proper pruning cuts during the session.  Participants will caravan about a mile to the pruning location.  If you have hand pruners, please bring them.  Afterwards, the class can join an "Ask the Arborist" session.  Participants can bring in plant material and ask specific questions about their trees and shrubs. 

WHERE:        
Greenwood Township Hall, 3447 W. Temple, Harrison, MI 48625

WHEN:           
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SPONSORS:
ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), Clare County Conservation District (www.clarecd.org), and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program

COST:
The cost is $10.  Checks can be made out to ReLeaf Michigan and mailed to 1100 N. Main St., Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or participants can pay at the door.

CONTACT:
To ensure enough handouts please RSVP to ReLeaf Michigan,

1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.

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Bay City Tree Team Work Day

RAIN OR SHINE HANDS-ON PRUNING WORKSHOP

All are invited to a free tree education workshop led by ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide, non-profit tree organization and in collaboration with Bay City Electric, Light, and Power that addresses the correct way to prune trees for their long-term health and vitality.  Join us to learn the basics of pruning and help maintain the health of your community forest.  Safety will be stressed and all work will be done from the ground.

The workshop will start with a short presentation outside followed by an opportunity to make pruning cuts under the direction of professional arborists.  Afterwards, the class will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to work to help improve Bay City’s community forest by pruning trees along N. Henry Street from Wilder to Mosher.  If you have hand pruners, please bring them and wear closed toe shoes.

WHERE:
Meet at the parking lot across from 1400 N. Henry St. (south of the Railroad Tracks and north of Mosher, Bay City, Michigan.  Look for the Bay City Tree Team sign.

WHEN:
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPONSORS:
ReLeaf Michigan, DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program, Bay City Electric Light and Power and the City of Bay City.

RSVP
Email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or call 1-800-642-7353 with questions or to RSVP.


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Top 10 Things Homeowners Need to 
Know About Their Trees

Homeowner Educational Workshop that includes an Opportunity to “Ask an Arborist” 
  
WHAT:           
Time for a Tree Check-up presentation!  The USDA encourages folks to get outside and check out the condition of their trees.  To find out what to look for, come to an educational presentation hosted by ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization in collaboration with the City of Bay City and Bay City Electric, Light & Power.  Tree expert Bill Lawrence, ReLeaf Michigan President and Owner of Urban Forestry Consulting, will give an overview of the most important areas of concern so homeowners can ensure the long-term health and vitality of their trees. 

Trees not only provide environmental benefits but also economic ones.  For example, properly placed trees can reduce cooling costs by 30% and shading an air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by 10%.  Trees and other vegetation increase property values up to 37%.  Plus trees can improve human health by absorbing pollutants and encouraging overall fitness.  All in addition to beautifying your property!

Presentation topics will cover factors to consider when selecting trees for your landscape, the importance, and function of roots, what needs to be done to maintain the trees, when/how to hire a tree service, etc.  The presentation is interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring questions.  For the “Ask an Arborist” part of the presentation, attendees can bring in plant material and ask specific questions about their trees and shrubs.

WHERE:        
Bay City Hall, Room 317, 301 Washington Ave. Bay City, Michigan  48708

WHEN:           
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

SPONSORS:
ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), Bay City Electric Light & Power, City of Bay City, and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program 

COST:
The cost is $10/person or $15/couple (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.)  ReLeaf Michigan members $5.  Checks can be made out to ReLeaf Michigan and mailed to 1100 N. Main St., Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or participants can pay at the door.  To ensure adequate handouts RSVP by calling 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.

CONTACT: ReLeaf Michigan, 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.
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Top 10 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Their Trees’

Homeowner Educational Workshop that includes an Opportunity to “Ask an Arborist” 
  
WHAT:           
Time for a Tree Check-up presentation!  The USDA encourages folks to get outside and check out the condition of their trees.  To find out what to look for, come to an educational presentation hosted by ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization in collaboration with the City of Northville.  Tree expert Kay Sicheneder, Plant Health Care Manager of Owen Tree Service, will give an overview of the most important areas of concern so homeowners can ensure the long-term health and vitality of their trees. 

Trees not only provide environmental benefits but also economic ones.  For example, properly placed trees can reduce cooling costs by 30% and shading an air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by 10%.  Trees and other vegetation increase property values up to 37%.  Plus trees can improve human health by absorbing pollutants and encouraging overall fitness.  All in addition to beautifying your property!

Presentation topics will cover factors to consider when selecting trees for your landscape, the importance, and function of roots, what needs to be done to maintain the trees, when/how to hire a tree service, etc.  The presentation is interactive and attendees are encouraged to bring questions.  For the “Ask an Arborist” part of the presentation, attendees can bring in plant material and ask specific questions about their trees and shrubs.

WHERE:        
City of Northville Council Chambers, 215 West Main St. Northville, Michigan  48167 

WHEN:           
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

SPONSORS:
ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), City of Northville and the DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program 

COST:
The cost is $10/person or $15/couple (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.)  ReLeaf Michigan members $5.  Checks can be made out to ReLeaf Michigan and mailed to 1100 N. Main St., Suite 105, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 or participants can pay at the door.  To ensure adequate handouts RSVP by calling 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.

CONTACT:  ReLeaf Michigan, 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.



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Bay City Tree Team Work Day
Saturday, July 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
LEARN THE CORRECT WAY TO PRUNE WHILE HELPING IMPROVE BAY CITY’S’
COMMUNITY FOREST!
Free Hands – On Seminar

WHAT:
The Bay City Tree Team is looking for people interested in learning the correct way to prune trees from the ground while helping improve Bay City’s community forest at the same time.  There is no cost to participate and you walk away with knowledge you can put to good use at your own home along with a great feeling of having given something back to your community.  The morning will start with a short presentation by representatives from ReLeaf Michigan, a state-wide non-profit tree organization, on the benefits of trees and the why and how of pruning Next participants will have the opportunity to practice making cuts under the direction of professional arborists.  From there the group will move along Mason St. pruning trees to enhance their long-term health and vitality.  Safety will be stressed and all work will be done from the ground.

If you have hand pruners, please bring them and wear closed toe shoes.  Anyone using tools must be at least 15 years of age.

WHERE: Meet at the intersection of Mason St. and S. Johnson, west of N. Trumbull Ave. in Bay City, Michigan. 

WHEN:Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Refreshments provided.

SPONSORS: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program, Bay City Electric Light & Power and the City of Bay City.

Thanks for helping improve the quality of life for all Bay City residents!
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Saginaw Bay Watershed Forestry Network Meeting
Tuesday - July 1, 2014  
Whiting Forest 
2303 Eastman Ave. 
Midland, MI  48640  
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Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network Meeting
Tuesday -July 29, 2014
Gaines Township, 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. S.E., Caledonia, MI  49316
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Bay City Tree Team Work Day
Rain or Shine Hands-on Pruning Workshop
Saturday, May 17,2014 

Join ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide, non-profit tree organization to learn the basics of pruning while helping maintain the vitality and health of Bay City's community forest.  Volunteers and professionals will meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Marsac St. and Lafayette Ave. to discuss the proper way to prune young trees.  Instruction will include the biology behind pruning cuts, time to prune and how exactly to make the pruning cuts.  All work is done from the ground and safety is stressed.  Following the short presentation, volunteers will move along Marsac St. pruning trees under the direction of trained arborists.  If you have hand pruners, please bring them and wear closed toe shoes.  Participants should be at least 16 years of age.

This work day is sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan, DNR - Urban and Community Forestry Program, Bay City Electric, Light and Power and the city of Bay City.

Where:  The intersection of Marsac St. and Lafayette Ave., Bay City.  Please find parking on the street.

When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RSVP:  Email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or call 1-800-642-7353 with questions or to RSVP.

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BARE-ROOT  TREE and SHRUB  SALE and FREE SOCWA TREE MULCHING DEMONSTRATIONS           

As of today, April 30th, ReLeaf Michigan still has the following trees and shrubs available for sale. Visit us this coming Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the SOCWA office site, 3910 W. Webster, Royal Oak, MI (between Coolidge & Greenfield, by the Water Tower).  Questions call 1-800-642-7353 or email us.


Regular trees @ $34.00 each or 3 for $32.00        
Autumn Blaze Maple – 4                             
Bloodgood Planetree -  4                           
Kentucky Coffee Tree  –3                                 
Honeycrisp Apple – 5
Japanese Tree Liliac – 4                           
Swamp White Oak – 5
Redbud –  5                                                 
Indian Magic Crabapple – 5                                     
Mountain Frost Pear – 1                                      
River Birch – 3                                               
Sugar Maple – 1                                   
Tulip Tree – 2                                               
Valley Forge American Elm – 7                        
Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry – 2                                                                     
Specialty Trees  $50.00 each
Hakura Nishiki  – 3                                                    
Royal Frost Birch – 4
Snow Fountain Cherry – 2
Paperbark Maple -4                                                                                       

Shrubs $18.00 each or 3 for $15.00 each.
Blue Muffin Viburnum - 5
American Hazelnut – 7
Josee Lilac – 3
Firedance dogwood – 7
Easy Elegance Super Hero Rose – 5     
Summerwine Ninebark – 2
Sugar Plum Fairy Lilac – 6
Witch Hazel – 14 
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea - 8

Evergreens $15.00 each or 3 for $13.00 each.  
Eastern White Pine – 11                                
Serbian Spruce – 7                                          
Fraser Fir – 8                                                  
Canadian Hemlock –  8                                                
Black Hills Spruce – 8                                      
                                 
WHEN:    Saturday, May 3, 2014
                 9:30 am–Noon

WHERE:  SOCWA office site, 3910 W. Webster, Royal Oak, MI (between Coolidge & Greenfield, by the Water Tower)           

Co-sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan & SOCWA

Drop in to learn about tree planting and mulching and get a free bag of shredded bark mulch!

For information: LFDean2@gmail.com; 248-546-5818           

Co-hosted by ReLeaf Michigan and the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) 

ACTIVITIES:
• Bare-root trees and shrubs for sale; some native species. All hearty and healthy for Michigan climate.
• FREE Tree mulching demonstration by SOCWA volunteers  
• Flowering shrubs at the SOCWA Native Landscape Education Site
• Pick up a FREE bag of shredded mulch for your trees 

Credits:
SOCWA: Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority:  www.socwa.org
ReLeaf  Michigan: www.ReLeafMichigan.org
Shredded mulch for trees donated by American Mulch Producers, Southfield, MI
Yard waste bags: donated by Beverly Ace Hardware, 12 Mile Rd. at Southfield

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SBENVIRONMENTAL LAW SECTION
STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and ReLeaf Michigan Partner with Traverse City to ReLeaf Cass St. in Traverse City, Michigan 
Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees

ReLeaf Michigan in cooperation with the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will be planting 14 large sized trees with volunteers along Cass St. from 8th St. to 13th St. in Traverse City.  Trees are critical to a community from both an aesthetic and economic perspective.  Not only is it always 10 degrees cooler under a tree, trees can increase property values by up to 37% and people who shop along a street lined with trees tend to spend 9 - 12% more on purchases.  The purpose of the planting project is not only to beautify the area but also to restore tree canopy and replace trees lost to the emerald ash borer and other natural causes.

WHERE:
The ceremony and planting demonstration will take place at the Old Town Playhouse at 148 E. 8th St. Permission has been given to park in their parking lot.

WHEN: 
Friday, October 25th, 2013 from 9:45 a.m. to noon.

SPONSORS:   
ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Ordway Law Firm, PLLC of Traverse City, Olson Bzdok & Howard, P.C. of Traverse City, KempKlein Law Firm of Troy, Warner Norcross and Judd, LLP - Southfield and the city of Traverse City.

COST:
No cost to attend.  Refreshments provided.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Volunteers needed to help plant the trees.  Holes will be pre-dug.  Bring a shovel, garden rake and bucket if you have one.  Wear closed toe shoes.  To volunteer, contribute financially or for more information, please email info@ReLeafMichigan.org or call 1-800-642-7353.

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JOIN THE BAY CITY TREE TEAM!
RESIDENCY NOT REQUIRED! PRUNING WORKSHOP AND WORK DAY 
Saturday, August 24 , 2013
Bay City and Bay City Electric Light and Power in conjunction with ReLeaf Michigan are looking for a small but committed group of volunteers to help restore Bay City's community forest to the exemplary state it once was.  Must be 16 or older, no experience necessary and it is not necessary that you reside in the city.

Interested individuals will learn the proper way to prune and mulch trees and then on scheduled work days put that knowledge to use on preselected streets and parks.  Those interested in being part of the "Bay City Tree Team" (actual name to be determined later) are invited to a training session on 

Saturday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bay County Building, 515 Center Ave., Bay City, Michigan 48708

Participants will learn the basics of pruning, including the biology of a tree, proper timing for pruning and how to make a proper cut.  The proper way to apply mulch will be discussed.  Safety will be stressed and all work will be done from the ground.

Following the presentation, the team will move outside where practice on trees will be done under the guidance of professional arborists.  The team will then proceed to trim and mulch trees on adjacent streets and other public property.  Safety equipment will be provided.  Closed toe shoes are required.  Lunch and refreshments provided.

This is the first of what is hoped to be an ongoing commitment to monthly maintenance work days. The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Trees along Fitzhugh St. and adjacent streets will be pruned and mulched.

There is no cost to participate.  Attendees who decide to become part of the Bay City Tree Team are asked to commit to additional workdays as available.

Alicia Wallace, Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator for Bay County is handling logistics for the team and registration.  RSVP by calling Alicia Wallace at 989-895-4135 or email wallacea@baycounty.net. 

This program is sponsored by ReLeaf Michigan, the DNR - Urban and Community Forestry Program and Bay City Electric Light and Power. 
            
Questions call, 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.

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Tree Workshop
Saturday, August 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Arcadia Township

HANDS-ON PRUNING WORKSHOP for HOMEOWNERS

includes an Opportunity to meet with Dr David Roberts and “Ask an Arborist”


WHAT:
All are invited to a tree education workshop led by Dr. David Roberts Ph.D. - MSU
Extension that addresses the correct way to prune trees and shrubs for their long-term health and vitality. Join us to learn the basics of pruning, including the biology of a tree, proper timing for pruning, and how to make a proper cut. Safety will be stressed as well as debunking some pruning myths.

The workshop will have an early presentation followed by a hands-on workshop so
participants can make some proper pruning cuts during the session. If you have hand
pruners, please bring them. Afterwards, the class can join an "Ask the Arborist"
session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants can bring in plant material and ask specific questions about their trees and shrubs.

WHERE: Arcadia Township Hall, 3422 Lake St., Arcadia, MI, 49613

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

SPONSORS: ReLeaf Michigan (www.ReLeafMichigan.org), DNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Arcadia Township Parks and Recreation Committee

COST: $5. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: 1-800-642-7353 or email info@ReLeafMichigan.org.


Questions? Call Dan Macek, Arcadia Township Parks and Recreation: 1-231-889-5439
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The Big Tree Hunt Award Ceremony

When:      Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Where:     Whiting Forest Visitor, Center, 2303 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640 
                (near Dow Gardens)

Cost:        Free!

The ceremony will include a 2012 update on Michigan’s Champion Trees by Andy Sawyer, Big Tree Coordinator of the Michigan Big Tree Program. Certificates and gifts will be presented to the winners.

An informal reception with light hors d’oeuvres will precede the ceremony. Dress is casual, guests are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Ypsilanti Community Tree Planting 
When:   October 27, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.- noon
Where:  Sill parking lot at the corner of Lowell and Forest
Sign in starts at 9:00 with refreshments and a briefing. Our Releaf Michigan tree expert will be on site educating and assisting 30 volunteers in planting 15 street trees.

Join us! Cider and donuts will be available to volunteers.To dig in, RSVP by emailing cforton@releafmichigan.org


Ann Arbor Tree Planting
When:   Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Haisley Elementary, 825 Duncan, Ann Arbor (south of Miller, east of Maple)

Bring a shovel and we promise to have you out of there before the big game starts! To dig in, email cforton@releafmichigan.org or call our office at 1-800-642-7353 to RSVP


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Free Tree Care Class
Properly Maintaining Your 
Trees & Shrubs:
Why, How, & When to Prune

Thursday, September 13, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Berrien Springs Community Library
215 W. Union St. Berrien Springs, MI

Presenter: Brian McKenzie, Local Manager, Bartlett Tree Expert Company, Greater Grand Rapids Area

When did that tree get so large? How can that scraggly shrub look nice?

You know your trees and shrubs need to be pruned but you might not know how, when or even what to look for when hiring someone to do the work. 

Learn important tips from Brian McKenzie, the Local Manager at the Bartlett Tree Expert Co. of the greater Grand Rapids area.  Brian has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan and is a former city forester of Jackson, Michigan.  He has over 30 years experience in all aspects of arboriculture and tree and shrub care.

Participants will also get to ask Brian questions about specific issues they have with their trees and shrubs; all are encouraged to bring leaves and branches showing problems to get them diagnosed.  RSVP to Releaf Michigan's email or call 800-642-7353

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ReLeaf Michigan Invites You to a FREE Educational Meeting of the
Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network
2.5 ISA CEU's Pending
 Stormwater Management & Creative Funding Options for Forestry Operations
Learn how investing in trees can reduce expenses for cities  

When:   Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where:  Gaines Charter Township Community Room, 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Caledonia  49316

Who Should Attend:
  • Municipal leaders, committee members, and staff
  • DPW Directors and staff
  • Urban Planners
  • Anyone responsible for tree care and management
Why: Watershed Forestry is a relatively new practice that draws from multiple disciplines, including forestry, hydrology, engineering, landscape architecture, mapping, planning, and soil science. Stormwater management or mitigation in and of itself can be confusing.  But what is undisputed is the important role trees play in the mitigation process and how the collection of storm fees is helping to offset the "green" investment. Our speakers will provide a solid overview of stormwater as well as some creative funding opportunities as the result.


Presenters and Topics:  
Kay Sicheneder, Forestry Operations Supervisor, City of Ann Arbor will present:
Creative Funding Options for Forestry Operations:  
The City of Ann Arbor's Experience Utilizing 
Storm Water Funding
City trees have historically been considered amenities.  Like parks, they are recognized as an important component to the livability of a community, but their funding priority is far behind critical services such as police, fire, or water utilities.  Therefore, community forestry programs are often coupled with parks, with budgets that are easy targets come budget reduction time.
Recent studies linking urban tree function to real dollar benefits have given credence to the idea of "trees as utilities".  Recently, the EPA has recognized the importance of tree planting in helping to manage storm water and certain components affecting air quality.  Is the time right to move trees, as a biogenic utility, into a utility funding structure?  Kay Sicheneder will discuss how forestry operations came to be funded through storm water funds in the City of Ann Arbor, the goals, results thus far and the unintended impacts of this innovative approach. 
  
Amanda St.Amour, Senior Environmental Quality Analyst, Dept. of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Grand Rapids District Office will speak on:
Storm Water: Why and How?
Amanda will discuss what storm water is and why it needs to be regulated.  That will be followed with a presentation on "How" the department of DEQ regulates storm water through the Construction, Industrial and Municipal Storm Water permit programs.
RSVP TODAY, AND SHARE WITH COLLEAGUES
The program is free and open to all.  Please RSVP by September 10, 2012 by emailing us here or by calling 1-800-642-7353. 
(RSVP not required but we would like to know how many materials to bring so please let us know if you plan on attending. Also, please forward this email to those who may be interested in attending. Thanks!)
The inaugural meeting of the Lower Grand River Watershed (LGRW) Forestry Network is being kicked off with this Storm Water Management meeting.  LGRW Forestry Network meetings are open to all those involved with the care of trees or have an interest in trees from communities within and surrounding the Lower Grand River Watershed.  The meetings are fee, open to all and informal to encourage discussion and an opportunity to meet those with similar interests and responsibilities.  For questions regarding the network please contact us via email or at 1-800-642-7353.  Hope to see you there! 
This Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network meeting is funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and CommunityForestry Program and Consumers Energy and is presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.
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Big Tree Hunt Enter by August 1, 2012 Find the biggest tree in Michigan contest.
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Trees for Tomorrow May 5, 2012 Farmington Hills Nature Center 24915 Farmington Road, between 10 Mile and 11 Mile
9:00 a.m. to noon  ReLeaf Michigan Fundraiser Tree Sale
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Compost and Marvelous Mulches Demo
Table top demonstrations by SOCWA Master Composters (indoors).
10:00- 11:00 am   Trees for Tomorrow... Caring for Our Community Roots
Tree care basics for homeowners, nature-scaping tips and invasive trees. Lillian Dean, arborist and master composter coordinator, SOCWA.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Outdoor Tree Planting Demonstration
Marvin Pettway, University of Michigan Grounds, ReLeaf Michigan volunteer, master composter.
1:00 p.m Nature Discovery Wagon ($5/person)
Hayride in the park
Tree and Shrub Sale Pick up Day  April 28, 2012 Thank you for planting trees and supporting Releaf Michgan! 
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Free Presentation for Homeowners:
Properly Maintaining your Trees and Shrubs How, 
When and Why to Prune
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Redford Township Library
Presenter: Marvin Pettway, University of Michigan Grounds
When did that tree get so large or that shrub so scraggly? You know it needs to be pruned but have no idea of how, when or even what to look for when hiring someone to do the work. This free presentation addressed all of the above along with information on home composting. Our speaker, Marvin Pettway is the Senior Supervisor in charge of arboriculture and horticulture maintenance at the University of Michigan. He has over 30 years of hands on experience in all aspects of arboriculture and tree/shrub care. Marvin has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree, both in Forestry, and is a  Master Composter with the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority.   
This educational session was presented by ReLeaf Michigan and the MDNR - Urban and Community Forestry program.
                                                                                
Free educational session for the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network:
 Traditional and New Diseases Affecting Michigan Trees
           2.5 ISA CEU’s pending
Presenter: Dennis Fulbright – Professor of Plant Pathology
                Michigan State University
Thursday, January 26 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Garfield Township Hall, 3848 Veterans Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684
Dennis Fulbright has been a Professor of Plant Pathology at MSU since 1979.  His research has focused on needle cast diseases of Douglas fir and spruce and root rots of fir and white pine.  He is best known for his work on the biological control of chestnut blight.  He will be speaking on a needle cast and branch death problem currently afflicting various spruce trees as well as the thousand-canker disease of black walnut.  He will also discuss how native and non-native trees interacting with native and introduced pathogens provides the backdrop of expected and traditional tree diseases and how learning more about these pathogens provides opportunities for management.
GTBWFN events are funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and Community Forestry Program and are presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan