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Featured Article - Common Mistakes When Planting
Cut and Paste Resident Article
Grant Opportunities
Nat'l News
Continuing Ed
Upcoming Events
Arbor Day 2013
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Quick Links:
The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic 


TMA Plant Health Care Report 


Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invasive species info - 


The Illinois Department of Agriculture   


Illinois Arborist Association

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Urban & Community Forestry

Tree Care Industry Association 

Society of Municipal Arborists

The Arbor Day



The Alliance for Community Trees 



Check out American Grove and Illinois Grove - Are you tired of all the news on LinkedIn not being regional? Try posting here and invite all our Illinois professionals to join!  We can make this a resource that fits all our needs.


American Grove

Spring Equinox Video of a Forest - very cool! 


Illinois Grove

Amer Grove
Please join our IL page and lets use this resource to keep us all informed
Previous Issues: 
In case you missed our previous newsletters the archived issues may be reached at:

September, 2012

December, 2012

March, 2013


Welcome to Community Trees News. Through this newsletter, we seek to bring to you information that will be helpful to you in a short, to-the-point format as you work to protect and improve the vitality of the community forest.
For a full listing of events in and around the state visit our events calendar.

News From J.U.L.I.E.



Learn about 5 common mistakes to avoid when preparing to plant a tree. Click here to learn more.

COMING SOON:  In partnership with The Morton Arboretum, a new ComEd Selection and Planting Guide for under power lines.
IAA Posts
Prevailing Wage Update

The question of prevailing wage has been an issue for many months.  IAA recently posted a letter from IDOL Director Costigan, outlining the Illinois Department of Labor's final questions and answers regarding landscaping. These will be posted on the IDOL website soon.
See the IAA posting HERE.  
DeepRoot Blog has posted a new item,
'How Do Trees Transport Water To Such Great Heights?'
Sure, you may already know the answer to the question of how trees transport water up to such incredible heights. But this video from Veritasium is still worth it. It makes a very compelling case for the title of the video, "Trees are freaking awesome."  You may view the latest post at:
Cut & Paste Resident Articles

Summer Tree Care 

The 2012 drought is slowly being erased from our memory. The Illinois State Climatologist Office reports that precipitation in the state so far this year is 16.5 inches, 5.5 inches above normal. We can probably all agree that we hope to have a "happy medium" 2013 growing season. 


Regardless whether it is too wet or too dry, every summer brings tree care tasks. 


The Perils of Volcano Mulching
All too often, mulch is applied in a mound against the trunk of a tree, so it looks like the tree is erupting from the cone of a volcano. 


While mulch is good for trees, volcano mulch is not.  

Become a TreeKeeper!

What is a TreeKeeper?  A TreeKeeper is a trained and certified volunteer who knows about and advocates for trees.  TreeKeepers have learned about tree physiology, identification, invasive species, pruning, planting, watering, etc. These individuals are tree advocates in their communities and throughout the region.

Grant Opportunities 


Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

Accepting applications until August 20, 2013.



Research Documents Multiple Threats to Urban Trees, Worcester, MA - Research at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where 30,000 trees have been removed since the Asian Longhorn Beetle was found in the area, looked at various aspects of the infestation and responses to it. Their findings cast new light on the ALB situation as it relates to urban forests generally. 

Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: 

A National Call to Action - Get Your Copy!

Vibrant Cities

Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) has printed copies of the groundbreaking report, Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action available to you and your partners. To request copies of the report, please contact Mark Bluhm at the International Society of Arboriculture. Please include your name, organization, address and the number of requested copies.


Also check out: Trees Are The Key

Continuing Education
Seasonal help and experienced professionals can benefit from the following courses. CEU's may be available for registrants.  Full course descriptions and information can be found online - CLICK HERE

S729 Stress Management In Urban Trees

Thursday, July 25; 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.


S317 Sedge Identification Workshop 

This two-day workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study

Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 


W002 Wetland Conservation and Management

Prerequisites: Woodland Conservation & Management (W001) or instructor permission required.
4 Thursdays, July 11 - August 1; 6:00 - 9:00 pm and 

3 Saturdays, July 13 - 27; 8:00 am - noon.


N447 Intro to Entomology

Saturday & Sunday, July 27 - 28; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 


For information or registration for classes:
Coming to DuPage & Lake  Counties


Openlands TreeKeepers Program and classes will be offered at The Morton Arboretum Fall 2013!


Course Dates: 9/14/13 to 11/9/13

Watch for the Fall 2013 Education listing to be posted on the website July 15th - Watch HERE

Or visit the Openlands website.

Upcoming Events



EABUniversity - Complete list of offerings HERE



Can't make the live webinar?  All EABUniversity webinars are recorded and archived for access on demand here 




National Association of Conservation Districts

Held on the third Thursday of each month, these one-hour webinars cover topics that include district and other speakers.  While there is no cost to participate, space is limited to 100 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact Debra Bogar at to sign up.  To register HERE for the NACD e-newsletter.


Green Infrastructure (GI) at the Local Level

June 20, 2013; 11:00 a.m. EST, 10:00 a.m. CST

 Learn the basics and how your district can advance GI efforts locally.


Riparian Tree Planting for Healthy Watersheds

June 20, 2013; 1:0o p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. CST

Register now.


Workshops & Events

See the Illinois Arborist Association website for training and additional events:   
Next NEMF Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2013; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Topic: Four Seasons of Forest Management


Past Morton Arboretum webinars

contact us for a recording and packet


12-5-2012  "Municipal Responsibility for Trees" 

1-22-2013  "The Latest and Greatest in Ordinances"

2-19-2013  "Tree Management Plans"

Arbor Day 2013
AD Planting
Thank you all for your participation and support.  Here are a few of the highlights:


 9  States that received kits

38   Counties that received kits

42  Schools that received kits

76  Events planting trees

98  Communities that received kits

153  Total Tree Tag Kits distributed (as of 5/15/13)

366  Trees Planted due to these events *

22,300  Estimated audience members reached at events*

$55,000  Value of trees planted at 2013 events (based on est. $150/tree)


*Based on information provided at time of registration

Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month 

This year has proven to be record setting with over 80 events being held across the state. Programs ran the gamut in terms of scope and size. Find out more about the wrap-up of ISAM events and more ways to get involved!
Summer Research Projects Need Your Help

Plant Health Care Phytoplasma Research - Need sample Elm trees suspected of phytoiplasma infection (looks much like Dutch elm disease and Elm yellows).  I would like to begin sampling July 15.  READ MORE

Please contact Stephanie Adams, Research Specialist - Plant Health Care  or  630-719-7946


Urban Site Index Study - Sample Plots Needed!

Please contact Bryant Scharenbroch with questions; or 630-725-2071



Trees For Testing Products For Elimination Of Unwanted Fruit - Need parkway trees to screen a variety of products to eliminate unwanted fruit on ornamental trees. 

Please contact Fredric Miller with questions; or 630-719-2427
ACTrees Essay Contest Winners 
Emma Cho
The results are in and The Morton Arboretum is proud to announce that three of the winners are from Illinois!
View the ACTrees press release HERE
  • Utility species list
  • Street tree species list
  • Tree ordinance templates
  • Building community stewardship for trees
For more information on the Community Trees Program please contact us at:  

Lydia Scott, Community Trees Program Manager
Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program Coordinator
Andi Dierich, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator 
Angela Kerber, Community Trees Program Intern