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Sept 16, 2014

Openlands Treekeepers

Lisle, IL

Registration opens July 15, 2014


Sept.11-12, 2014

Sustaining Oaks in the Chicago Wilderness Region

Lisle, IL

Registration opens July 15, 2014


Nov. 18-19, 2014

Managing Urban forests in a Changing Climate

Lisle, IL

Registration opens July 15, 2014


Nov. 5-6, 2014 

Partners in Community Forestry Conference

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June, 2014
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.
Special community opportunity

July 16, 17, or 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Locations vary by date, see workshop flier here. 

Volunteers who help your forestry staff or other local government departments may save your community thousands of dollars each year. Learn how to build and make the most of a corps of volunteers at a free workshop offered by the Regional Trees Initiative.  

Continuing education

July 9, 12,17, 19, 24, 26, 31, times vary by day.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

This course will explore the variety of wetland types and functions, and emphasize the diverse hydrological, biological, and physical interactions that occur within wetlands. Address critical issues surrounding wetland management, become familiar with different wetland types and how they are classified, and develop skills in understanding the interactions between wetland hydrology, soils, and vegetation. Register now.


$100.00 members

$125.00 nonmembers

Grass Identification and Ecology

August, 21 & 22, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

Learn to identify the grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. 

Grasses allow us to read the landscape: from soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. They form a critical component of the biodiversity and with nearly 11,000 species, this is the fourth largest plant family. This workshop consists of an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn the specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss their ecology, and practice identifying species from keys. Register now.


$150.00 members

$176.00 nonmembers

$50.00 students

The great outdoors month   
The month of June is a great time to enjoy the fantastic weather of spring and summer. June 14, 2014 will be the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day. As outdoor workers, enthusiasts, and students, take a moment to share the outdoors with neighbors, family and friends. Read more.  

New tool for landowners available

The Landowner's Manual, brought to you by the National Association of Conservation Districts, is a tool designed to assist current and prospective landowners and members of the community in understanding the value and responsibility of conserving the natural resources within the community as well as provide answers/solutions to the various land management issues they face. Read more.


There is an app for that!

Purdue University Extension recently released an additional resource to compliment their Plant Doctor app suite. Fifty Trees of the Midwest is a great educational tool for aiding kids and adults alike in the process of tree identification. Learn more.


JULIE safety speakers available

JULIE's Damage Prevention Managers have already provided more than 30 presentations this year. If you are planning a safety presentation for your coworkers and new employees, the damage prevention managers can offer assistance. Since these managers spend most of their time on the road, directly contact Dave Van Wy, 815-531-5002, Northern Illinois, Roger Watwood, 217-299-5977, Southern Illinois, or Brian MacKenzie, 217-725-2433, Central Illinois. Learn more

Clip & paste resident articles
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Invasive pest and animal species such as the emerald ash borer and Asian carp get all the press, but just about everyone lives with far more common invasive species: trees. Read more.

Pests, summer storms, disease, and drought all pose a risk to your trees during warmer months, but you can toughen your timber for seasonal stresses. Read more.


Upcoming events
For more information on each event click on the event title. 

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

Multiple Dates Available

Multiple Locations

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process of assessing tree risk.


This qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. Learn more.   


International Society of Arboriculture conference

August 2-6, 2014

Milwaukee, WI

The ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession.

The Conference and Trade Show feature a lineup of educational sessions led by industry leaders from around the globe, sharing their thoughts and views about the newest trends in equipment, practice, technology, and research. The ISA Conference and Trade Show is the premier event for arborists from around the world. Consider attending as a way to build your business network, meet the industry's leaders, and learn from the best in the profession. Learn more.
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL 
Illinois Landscape Contractor's Association Summer Field Day!
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Summer Field Day!

Grant opportunities 

Applications due June 26, 2014.
Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program. Proposed local planning projects should implement recommendations of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Learn more.

Application due July 1, 2014.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Open space land acquisition and development grants are for acquisition and/or development of land for public parks and open space. Learn more. 

Applications due August 1, 2014. 
Grants are available to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. Projects must address water quality issues relating directly to non-point source pollution. Funds can be used for the implementation of watershed management plans including the development of information/education programs and for the installation of best management practices. Learn more
National news

DURHAM, NH -- Federal researchers have taken a step forward in the battle against Asian longhorned beetle. A recent U.S. Forest Service study revealed the tree-killing ALB to be more than four times as likely to successfully develop into an adult when feeding on red maple versus other species of maple in Massachusetts forests. Read more.

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
Melissa Custic, Regional Trees Iniative Coordinator