Forestry Network Meetings
January 2018

J ust a reminder that we still have seats available for the following free educational presentations.  Invasive insects and diseases continue to affect trees throughout Michigan; whether in community forests, woodlots, parks, backyards.. . Learn what is on the horizon and what steps can be taken.

"Up and Coming Insects and Diseases"

MDA - 3 credits for 3b or Commercial Core
ISA - 3 credits
SAF - 2.5 CFEs

Dates listed to the right

Keeping up with pests and diseases that injure trees in the landscape is no small task. With globalization comes pest invasion. We'll discuss why this is so, and start with a look at the top three pest problems in our state and the best management options for them.

Kay Sicheneder
Chief Consulting Arborist and Plant Health Care Manager at Owen Tree Service, Attica
Former Forester, City of Ann Arbor
Instructor, Oakland Community College

Who Should Attend:
  • Anyone responsible for tree care and management within a community
  • City/Community Foresters, Arborists, Consultants
  • Conservation District Foresters
  • Wildland and Woodlot Foresters
  • Land Conservancies, Watershed Groups
  • Municipal Leaders and Staff
  • DPW Directors and Staff
  • City and Community Planners

Added Bonus at Midland Meeting

Whiting Forest Canopy Walk 

Kyle Bagnall
Program Manager of Whiting Forest

At Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens in Midland, work is underway on the longest canopy walk in the country, where guests of all ages and abilities will engage with nature on an elevated walkway rising 40 feet above the forest floor. Additional components of the project include a visitor center, playground, apple orchard, forest classroom, café, creek restoration, and two pedestrian bridges which will connect Whiting Forest to Dow Gardens and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Kyle Bagnall, Program Manager of Whiting Forest, will provide a full overview of this amazing project, including historical stories of this special 54-acre parcel, operated by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation for the benefit of our community. A grand opening is scheduled for the spring of 2019.

Watershed Forestry Network meetings are free and open to all. Please forward this email to those who may be interested in attending. 
Meetings are targeted to those involved with the care of trees or who have an interest in trees from communities within and surrounding the Grand Traverse Bay, Saginaw Bay or Lower Grand River Watersheds. The meetings are informal to encourage discussion and an opportunity to meet those with similar interests and responsibilities.  For questions regarding the networks please contact us via  email or at  1-800-642-7353.  Hope to see you there!

The Saginaw Bay, Grand Traverse Bay and Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network meetings are funded in part by a grant provided by the Michigan DNR-Urban and Community Forestry Program and Consumers Energy Foundation and are presented in cooperation with the Arboriculture Society of Michigan.

Meeting Dates and Times

All will be held 
*9:00am - 12:00pm

1) Lower Grand River Watershed
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Gaines Charter Township
Room A
8555 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Caledonia, MI 48316

2) Saginaw Bay Watershed
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Whiting Forest
2303 Eastman Ave
Midland, MI 48640
*Saginaw Bay Meeting will last from 9:00am-12:45pm

RSVPs are requested to ensure adequate handouts

RSVP to Gail Cagle
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