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Continental Dialogue
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The Morton Arboretum Plant Clinic 


TMA Plant Health Care Report 


Illinois Arborist Association
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Urban & Community Forestry

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


The Illinois Department of Agriculture   


Tree Care Industry Association 

Society of Municipal Arborists

The Arbor Day



The Alliance for Community Trees  


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December, 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.
Arbor Day 2014

April 25, 2014


Arbor Day may seem far off, but we are busy planning! Once again we will be offering a limited supply of Tree Tag Kits to communities, environmental groups and schools to assist with promoting the value of trees and celebration of Arbor Day.  Watch our website in January for registration information.

Upcoming Events

Conferences & Workshops

Tree Boards & Commissions Roundtable -
Tuesday, February, 4th 7:00 to 9:00 PM
The Morton Arboretum
SAVE THE DATE  for a gathering of representatives from Tree Boards and Tree Commissions to discuss what works, what doesn't and tips for advocacy in your town.  Flier to be sent out soon!
2 for 1 Workshop - "Protecting Your Budget and Trees: Impact of Invasive Species and Developing and Using Ordinances and Management Plans"
Repeat workshop at 5 locations, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
January 23rd, South Holland, IL - info HERE
January 28th, Sterling, IL - info HERE
January 30th, Mendota, IL - info HERE
February 11th, Apple River, IL - info HERE
February 13th, Rochelle, IL - info HERE

The 11th Annual DuPage Environmental Summit -
"Making DuPage a 'Cool County'"
Thursday, January 23, 1-5 p.m.
Hotel Arista, (Naperville)
The event is free and registration will open mid-December on The Conservation Foundation

iLandscape  - Landscape Show
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association in partnership with WI Landscape Contractors
February 5-7, 2014, 
Schaumburg, IL

Details and registration information - HERE




MELA (Midwest Ecological Landscaping Alliance)

September 17, 2013 through February 6, 2014

Interactive webinars are taught by experts from across the country, including MELA members, who are known for their expertise in specific areas of sustainability. They are FREE for MELA members.  Sign up for the e-newsletter to get all the latest details!

December 11th  - "Sustainability Makes Cents"

Information HERE

EABUniversity - Complete list of offerings HERE
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.  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

See the Illinois Arborist Association website for events and new course offerings:
NEMF Meeting - 
Thursday, December 19, 2013; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Topic: Changing Tree Inventory and EAB Management Strategies as EAB Advances in your Community



Important Dates

Tree Campus, Tree City USA & Growth Award

on-line applications due.

December 31, 2013
Clip & Paste Resident Articles
Copy these articles for use in your 
municipal newsletter or website

"Real Versus Artificial Christmas Trees - 
An Environmental Perspective"
courtesy of Dovetail Partners Inc.
Access article HERE

"Evaluating Ice Damaged Trees"
courtesy of U of I Extension 
Access article HERE

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"Snow & Woody Plants" -
courtesy of TCIA 
Access article HERE
Grant Opportunities 


Federal Grant Opportunities

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

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. 


Know a teacher?

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant 
The application deadline is January 31, 2014

IDNR's Division of Education offers Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grants to help take learning to life. State parks, nature centers, the Shawnee National Forest, forest preserve districts, national wildlife refuges and museums are just some of the qualifying destinations. The field trip must occur within Illinois. Each teacher may apply for up to $500 to apply to transportation and substitute teacher costs. Details HERE.


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.

Continuing Education
Winter classes enrolling now including winter tree I.D., conifers in winter and more. CEU's may be available for registrants. Full course descriptions and information can be found online - CLICK HERE
For information or registration for classes:
Partners In Community Forestry
 "In Planning Sustainable Communities, Trees are the Key" 
The Morton Arboretum's Community Trees Program Coordinator, Beth Corrigan, received national recognition in November from Alliance for Community Trees, a national nonprofit urban forestry organization. Corrigan received a Travel Scholarship donated by the J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable
Foundation to attend the annual national conference of urban and community forestry leaders in Pittsburgh, PA, this November.
Presentations from the Alliance for Community Trees Member Day - click HERE 
Presentations from the Partners in Community Forestry Conference - click HERE
NEW - "The Power of Smart Planting
, A Guide to Planting Near Power Lines

The Morton Arboretum and Commonwealth Edison partnered to develop a new brochure outlining appropriate species and planting guidelines for under and around utility lines.  Click HERE for a PDF version of the brochure.
Do You Know About the Continental Dialogue?


Check out the blog post on Illinois Invasive Species Blog Spot.


Highlights from the 2013 annual meeting are located at the bottom of the post. For complete minutes and presentation summaries check out the Continental Dialogue website.

Vibrant Communities "Trees Are the Key" online resource center and communications toolkit 

These tools have been developed by the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) as the culmination of a process that began with the release of Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests: A National Call to Action

View all the resources HERE

"In Planning Sustainable Communities, Trees are the Key"
Read full story 

"Urban Forest Master Plans Take Center Stage"
Read full story HERE

Thousand Cankers Disease in Butternut Trees
Read full story HERE
WASHINGTON--The National Register of Big Trees is updated twice each year, in fall and spring. To view the Fall 2013 register and to learn more about the National Big Tree Program, visit the American Forests' Web site

This champion black willow in Grand Traverse, MI, is 67 ft tall with a crown spread of 83 ft and a circumference of almost 34 ft.  (Photo: Ted Reuschel, tree nominator)
Soil Information

Soil temperature / moisture maps and tables are displayed for the data collected within the Illinois Climate Network

View charts and temperatures HERE
International Surveyshiny-tree-button.jpg

Please help this international group of researchers gain broad stakeholder participation.


Investigation of scientific knowledge transfer and collaboration between stakeholders in Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry


There is a common belief that the scientific community is disconnected from civil society and the labor market. Even in the sectors of Green Infrastructure (GI) and Urban Forestry (UF), further collaboration among stakeholders is needed - and therefore we want to better understand the actual background and needs of three categories of stakeholders involved in GI and UF: research scientists, policy makers and private professionals.

We would appreciate your help in this endeavor by answering a short questionnaire. To fill in the form, click 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