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Upcoming Workshops
Trees and Utilities
Nat'l News
NeighborWoods Month
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities
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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  


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Previous Issues: 
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September, 2012

December, 2012

March, 2013

June, 2013 


September, 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 programs in and around the state visit our
 The Morton Arboretum Upcoming Workshops
Tree Assessment (Inventory) Webinar and Workshop Combination -
The Morton Arboretum
Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Attend both onsite or just the morning webinar.  This combo program covers trees from the regional urban canopy down to community inventories.  Learn about urban canopy assessment for the Chicago region and compare municipal inventory strategies and products.  In the afternoon, learn the latest i-Tree Suite of products and take part in a roundtable discussion.  CEU's will be available. Registration and course information HERE


Emerald Ash Borer Community Workshop -
Illinois Central College, East Peoria
October 17, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
FREE workshop focusing on current EAB management strategies and information on other invasive species of concern.
Registration information and event Flier  HERE
"Trees and Transportation - Giving More Weight to the Environment in the Development of Roadways"
IDOT, Distrct 1, Schaumburg
October 10, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM


Presented by Illinois Department of Transportation, Christopher Burke Engineering and The Morton Arboretum.  Incorporate green infrastructure and trees into roadway construction projects. CEU's will be available.


Registration information and event Flier HERE  
The Morton Arboretum Urban Tree Care Conference - "Selecting and Planting Trees" 
November 18-19, 2013

Lisle, IL - The Morton Arboretum

Registration information HERE 
"Tree Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning Workshop" - The Morton Arboretum
1:00 PM, December 4, 2013 


Participants will be introduced to pruning practices and methodology which will reduce potential problems during storm events.  Included will be instruction on how to make an emergency plan so that you will be prepared for the aftermath of a severe storm or other emergency. 
COMING SOON - Registration information and event Flier
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NEW  Trees and Utilities - 
Tree Selection list and Guide

Generally speaking, trees are among the most common causes of utility service interruption.  Customers expect and deserve consistent electric supply to their homes and businesses. So what is an electric utility to do when trees have the ability to impact the electric supply?  

Read full article HERE.

The Morton Arboretum and Commonwealth Edison partnered to develop a new brochure outlining appropriate species and planting guidelines for under and around utility lines.  The printed versions will be available this fall, or print your own copy here.


"Ash borer provides an opening for research into urban noise"

Chicago Botanic Garden, "Study Identifies Best Urban Trees for Warming Cities"
Read full story HERE

"Congress Returns to Challenging Funding Issues" Washington, DC (September 10, 2013)

As Congress returns this week after its summer recess, international issues top its agenda, but budget and annual appropriations issues also loom large. Here's a quick update on the status of funding for the Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program and how ACTrees has been engaging in advocacy for the Program.

Read full story HERE

Illinois Arborist Association
31st Annual Conference and Trade Show
October 21-23, 2013  Tinley Park, IL
Agenda and Registration Form HERE

NEW email address:
October is National NeighborWoods Month
Fall is a great time for planting trees.  Many communities plant a number of their trees in the fall.  Why not look into partnering with local volunteer or garden club groups to involve your community?  Resources are available to help make your program a success!
National NeighborWoods® Month is the annual celebration of trees in our communities. Every October, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees-turning their neighborhoods into vibrant, livable NeighborWoods®! Information HERE.

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Mini grants are available for promotion of your local events - register you events online now! 
Upcoming Events



MELA MAINTAINS, Sustainable Maintenance Conference - September 26th, 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Chicago, Center for Green Technology

Details and registration information HERE


Natural Areas Association Conference - 
October 1-4 

Chicago, IL -Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Details and registration information HERE


Illinois Arborist Association Conference and Trade Show - 
October 21-23, 2013
Tinley Park, IL - The Holiday Inn Select Center

Details and registration information HERE


Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases Meeting - November 4-5, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

Details and registration information HERE


Society of Municipal Foresters Conference - November 5, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA 

Details and registration information HERE.


Partners In Community Forestry Conference - November 5-7, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

The Partners in Community Forestry National Conference offers a platform for sharing best practices in urban forest partnerships, planning and management, in addition to offering models of sustainability and innovation across all groups who serve community trees.  Details and registration information HERE


The Morton Arboretum Urban Tree Care Conference - "Selecting and Planting Trees" 
November 18-19, 2013

Lisle, IL - The Morton Arboretum

The selection and planting of trees is critical to the future and diversity of the urban forest. Selecting the correct tree for the site and correctly installing that tree significantly increases the health and longevity of that plant and reduces maintenance costs. Please join The Morton Arboretum for a day-and-a-half long symposium on the best practices and latest recommendations for urban tree selection and planting. Make the most effective use of limited resources for tree planting, share strategies with peers, and plant trees that last a lifetime. 

Details and registration information HERE




"Valuing Green Infrastructure: Economic,Environmental, and Social Benefits"
Presented by Hal Sprague, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT).  Thursday, September, 26 at 2:20 PM to 3:30 PM CST
Details and registration information HERE 

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.



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"


Meetings & Events

NEMF Meeting:
Thursday, September 19, 2013; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Topic: Four Seasons of Forest Management


NEW email address:

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
NEW Resources available:
"Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region", which can help local communities adjust their planning and investment decisions to address future weather impacts. Supplemental resources address self-assessment and financing.
More information HERE.
Community Data Snapshots. This week, CMAP released a set of Community Data Snapshots that summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities and seven counties. Each snapshot is presented in an easy-to-print PDF, and they are grouped both alphabetically and by county. For questions and comments, contact Liz Panella ( or 312-386-8839). 
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


Tree Identification and Ecology - course N242

Forest Ecology for Naturalists - course N374

Introduction to Botany - course N234

Landscape Plants: Late Fall Trees and Shrubs  - course H176

Structural Pruning - course H136

Plant Propagation From Seed - course H220

Your Urban Orchard: Backyard Fruit Tree Basics -course H522


For information or registration for classes:
Openlands TreeKeepers 
TreeKeepers classes are now underway in Evanston and at The Morton Arboretum.  For information about the TreeKeepers program or to identify volunteer opportunities, please visit the Openlands website. 
Community Groves Program 
Community Groves is a program to improve the health and livability of neighborhoods through planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruit and nut trees. With over 90% of Americans living in urban areas, many have limited access to fresh, healthful food.
The Community Groves  program provides tools and resources for bringing the benefits of fruit and nut trees to any neighborhood.
Grant Opportunities 


TD Green Streets Grants - 

Deep Root Blog article with program examples HERE

(U.S. application due December 20, 2013)

Arbor Day Foundation link to program and RFP.


Federal Grant Opportunities

Click the link for a full listing of grants available and deadlines: 

Description: Looking for funding for a new project in your community? HUD, DOT, EPA, and several other agencies have made available millions of dollars in funding to support the planning and implementation of projects that promote sustainable communities. Funding is available for a variety of uses, including community planning, affordable housing finance, technical assistance, research, and capital infrastructure investments. To help you navigate the complex maze of opportunities, Reconnecting America has compiled a list of all upcoming programs and deadlines. The following matrix provides more information on upcoming opportunities, including eligibility requirements, program descriptions, and deadlines. For more information on an individual program, click on the link or go to to start an application. 


TREE Fund - The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) promotes research-based tree care for current and future generations. We offer research and education grants. Additional information on Educational and Research grants HERE.


Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees)

Check here often for different Grants and award programs offered throughout the United States.  Details HERE.

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 Levernier, Regional Trees Initiative Coordinator