Tree Management

Forestry Network Meetings

Many communities throughout MI are challenged from a financial and labor resource perspective and lack the technical background to develop comprehensive plans to effectively manage their community trees.  While the interest is there, the majority of training for tree care professionals is held  in Lansing or southeast MI making it a challenge for those charged with municipal tree care to attend. The Saginaw Bay and Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network were established by facilitating the provision of technical training, educational outreach, and networking opportunities.  The Networks provide an opportunity to learn about tree related topics of interest and to discuss opportunities to share resources. Topics have included selection of street trees, emerald ash borer, pruning of community trees, urban tree canopy, and street tree inventories.


Tree Ordinance Workshops

To have the greatest impact from an environmental, aesthetic, and economic perspective it is critical that communities know upfront what they have from a “green” infrastructure perspective.  For the past five years we have been working with community officials to develop tree management strategies that include a tree inventory, tree ordinance, and infrastructure assessment as well as a plan for plant selection, planting, and maintenance.   



Past Forestry Network Meetings


Saginaw Bay Watershed Forestry Network

Saginaw Bay Watershed (SBWFN) Forestry Network meetings are open to all those involved with the care of trees or who have an interest in trees from communities within and surrounding the Saginaw Bay Watershed. 
  • Anyone responsible for tree care and management within a community
  • City/Community Foresters, Arborists, Consultants
  • Municipal Leaders and Staff
  • DPW Directors and Staff
  • City and Community Planners 
  • Land Conservancies, Watershed Groups
ReLeaf Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay Watershed (GTBW) Forestry Network and the Lower Grand River Watershed (LGRW) Forestry Network meetings are open to all those involved with the care of trees or who have an interest in trees from communities within and surrounding the Grand Traverse Bay or Lower Grand River Watersheds.  You don't have to be part of the two specified watersheds in order to attend. The meetings are free, open to all and informal to encourage discussion and an opportunity to meet those with similar interests and responsibilities. 
  • Anyone responsible for tree care and management within a community
  • City/Community Foresters, Arborists, Consultants
  • Municipal Leaders and Staff
  • DPW Directors and Staff
  • City and Community Planners 
  • Land Conservancies, Watershed Groups


You don't have to be part of the two specified watersheds in order to attend. The meetings are free, open to all and informal to encourage discussion and an opportunity to meet those with similar interests and responsibilities. 

ReLeaf Michigan Invites You to a FREE Educational Meeting of the

Saginaw Bay Watershed Forestry Network
2.5 ISA CEU's Approved
  
Buy American/Plant American
 Invasive Exotic Plants and Control in the Municipality Environment
along with
What Native Plants Add to the Landscape and Ones Adapted to the Urban Environment

Speakers: 
Dan Veresh - Dow Gardens Arboriculturist
Chuck Martin - Dow Gardens Horticulturist

When:  
Tuesday, April 23 2013 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where:  
Whiting Forest Visitor Center
2303 Eastman Ave.
Midland, MI 48640 

Who Should Attend:
Why:

Why should we be concerned about planting invasive species in our landscape?  They are healthy and green.  The problems and concerns that invasive species are causing in our natural environment along with suggested controls.  

Native species - there are many excellent qualities of native plants that can improve our landscape ecologically and aesthetically.  These qualities will be discussed along with powerpoint slides of native trees and shrubs, their culture and attributes. 

RSVP TODAY, AND SHARE WITH COLLEAGUES

The program is free and open to all.  Register by emailing us here or by calling 1-800-642-7353 
so we can have adequate handouts. Also, please forward this email to those who may be interested in attending. Thanks! 


This Saginaw Bay Watershed Forestry Network meeting is funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and Community Forestry Program and ReLeaf Michigan and is presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.


Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network and Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network


ReLeaf Michigan Invites You to our FREE Educational Meetings of the

Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network & the 
Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network Meetings
2.5 ISA CEU's Approved for each meeting!

Plant Selection for Municipalities
What's New, What Works and Utility Friendly Trees

Speaker: 
Dr. Robert Schutzki
Associate Professor - Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

When and Where:  
Thursday, April 11 2013
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gaines Charter Township Community Room, 8555 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Caledonia 49316 

Friday, April 19 2013 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Acme Township Hall
6042 Acme Road
Williamsburg, MI 49690 

Who Should Attend:
Why:
Plant Selection follows an organized process. Criteria used in the process integrate the design intent or function that the plant will serve in its location, the adaptability of the species to the site, the management required to insure performance and the subsequent environmental contributions/benefits. The process may be simple or complex depending on priorities with function, site limitations, and/or management capabilities. Dr. Schutzki will discuss details of the process as it relates to tree selection and management strategies for public and private landscapes.  He will also discuss what tree species have a proven track record, which ones have not lived up to expectations and which ones can be considered "utility friendly".  Click here for more background on Dr. Schutzki.

RSVP TODAY, AND SHARE WITH COLLEAGUES

Both programs are free and open to all.  To register: 
Email us here
Or call us at 1-800-642-7353 

Please register so we have adequate handouts. Also, please forward this information to those who may be interested in attending. Thanks! 

For questions regarding the network please contact us via email or at 1-800-642-7353.  Hope to see you there! 




Both Forestry Network Meetings are funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and Community Forestry Program and Consumers Energy and are presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.