Forestry Network Meetings Many municipalities throughout Michigan face financial and labor resource challenges and lack the technical background to develop comprehensive plans to effectively manage their trees. With the majority of training for tree care professionals held in Lansing or southeast Michigan, it is a challenge for municipalities in other parts of the state to attend. In response to these issues, ReLeaf Michigan helped to establish the Saginaw Bay Forestry Network, Lower Grand River Watershed Forestry Network, and Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Forestry Network to facilitate the provision of technical training, educational outreach, and networking opportunities. These 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. For more information about Forestry Network Meetings, contact us.
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.