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This information is reposted from the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

For the first time ever, the Urban Wood Movement will make its presence felt at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.

The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network, comprised of urban wood utilization groups in four states – Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin – is organizing a free 90-minute seminar, “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Wood Products and Profits from Landscape Trees.” The session is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Attendees of this free session will learn::

  • How to find sources of urban wood;
  • The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell;
  • The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood;.
  • An opportunity to get answers to their questions posed to a panel of seasoned urban wood product experts.

Rich Christianson, communications director for the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and former long-time editor of Woodworking Network, will moderate a panel of three urban wood entrepreneurs. They will discuss their personal passions and experiences of creating products and profits by repurposing landscape and community trees felled by disease, storm damage, old age and other causes. Each of their presentations will shed light on opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

Panelists include:

  • Jennifer Alger of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA, helps market the family business that specializes in reclaimed wood including lumber the company mills from the area’s urban forest. Ninety percent of the lumber sold by the company comes from within a 500-mile radius of its Sheridan facility. Far West Forest Products also serves as a dealer for Wood-Mizer portable sawmills and blades and offers blade re-sharpening services.
  • Rick Siewert, who along with his wife, Cindy, owns Wood from the Hood of Minneapolis, MN. Wood from the Hood, which gives community trees a second life, is also Siewert’s second wood business. He is the owner of Siewert Cabinet & Fixture, a high-tech, 35-man architectural millwork company and has a long history of serving the Architectural Woodwork Institute, including sitting on the AWI Board of Directors and various committees. Siewert Cabinet is a past winner of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association’s coveted Innovator of the Year Award. (When you visit Wood from the Hood’s website be sure to check out the video on live edge cribbage boards and flight paddles.)
  • Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI, has always been interested in architecture, wood, and the environment. He was introduced to urban wood more than a decade ago, and with this intersect of his three passions, Sperber immediately became a major advocate for its use. He has worked tirelessly to build awareness and markets for the abundance of wood being removed due to insect, disease or other circumstance. Sperber is a founding partner of Wisconsin Urban Wood, a nonprofit focused on building networks of people and businesses that links material streams and availability of quality urban wood products and services across our state. He also is an appointed member of the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council.

Note: While the seminar is being presented free of charge, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Registration for the IWF Fair is $30. Learn more and register at IWAtlanta.com/Education/NBS6.

For information about becoming a seminar sponsor and general inquiries, contact Rich Christianson atrichc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com; 773-822-6750.

Wood-Mizer LLC of Indianapolis, IN, a manufacturer of portable sawmills, sawblades and other wood processing equipment and accessories, has signed on as a major sponsor of the program.

View Sponsorship Opportunities

About the International Woodworking Fair
The International Woodworking Fair, owned by the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, is North America’s largest woodworking event. IWF 2016 is scheduled for August 24-27, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is the “must attend” show for supplies, manufacturing and processing of materials for the furniture, cabinetry, flooring, door and window, plastics, solid surfacing and machine tooling industries. IWF 2014 attracted more than 23,000 woodworking professionals and industry suppliers from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Learn more at iwfatlanta.com.

About the Full Circle Urban Forestry Network
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. The four state partners include:

About the USDA Forest Service
The Full Circle Urban Forestry Network’s IWF urban wood seminar is made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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AmericanGrove.org is a social network of community tree and urban forestry advocates. The website, http://www.americangrove.org is managed by the nonprofit Georgia Urban Forest Council. The mission of the website is to be an online community for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. AmericanGrove.org’s footprint exceeds over 4100 google-indexed pages. In its five year history, it has had over half a million page views. Its 4000- plus unique members are urban forestry advocates and tree enthusiasts, potentially growing any content on American Grove exponentially. American Grove also relies on its network of social media to both draw attention to tree content on the Grove as well as tree content from across the internet. The administrator of American Grove is at the hub of tree content production, curation, and propagation. The administrator also sets the tone and personality of American Grove though design, support, and choice of content.

The intern must be committed to working 5-8 hours per week.

This is a part-time internship and work can be done at home.  The intern will be paid over a two-semester period in monthly hourly payments at a rate of $15 per hour.

Interested candidates may send their resumes, a small writing sample, and contact information to marylynne@gufc.org until July 1.  Selected candidate will begin internship around August 1 or the beginning of their fall academic semester.

Qualifications:

This position requires that the intern:

Must be enrolled in undergrad or grad school and commit to the internship for 2 semesters.

Must have integrity in weekly progress reports and time sheets.

Must have excellent communication and writing skills, creativity, and a natural eye for good web layout. Candidates will be asked to submit a short writing sample.

Must love trees and the natural environment.

Contact:

Mary Lynne Beckley

Executive Director

Georgia Urban Forest Council

P.O. Box 2199

Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086

The National Recreation and Park Association has just opened the call for applications for our Great Urban Parks Campaign model project grants. We seek to fund replicable green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks located in underserved communities. The overall goal is to demonstrate the social and environmental impacts of green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management, such as access to recreation and opportunities to connect with nature. Grants will be awarded up to $575,000 and projects must be completed by fall 2017.

We are sharing this with you in advance of a larger announcement later in the week and would appreciate your passing the opportunity along to eligible organizations in your network. Attached is a grant overview. More information, including the online grant application link, are available at http://www.nrpa.org/greeninfrastructure. The due date for applications is April 29.

Great Urban Parks Campaign – Grant Details

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to demonstrate the effectiveness of green infrastructure to positively affect environmental change in underserved low‐income communities and communities of color, and thereby increase community engagement, connection to nature, and physical activity by community residents. The intention is to create replicable model projects that provide strategies and lessons learned for application by a wide range of communities.

This RFA will fund green infrastructure projects in parks that achieve each of the following key objectives:

  1. Increased public access to recreational opportunities and access to nature via parks in underserved low‐income communities and communities of color;
  2. Improved environmental quality and increased hazard mitigation by reducing flooding, improving the site’s ability to hold and retain stormwater, improving water quality, improving wildlife habitat, and increasing biodiversity; and
  3. A community engaged in improving environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions to stormwater management.

It is anticipated that this RFA will fund grants between $350,000 and $575,000. The maximum grant amount that will be awarded to a single applicant is $575,000. Matching funds are not required. However, it is expected that this grant will supplement substantial secured funding necessary to complete the proposed project. The grant check will be distributed in full upon execution of a grant agreement. Limited technical advisory will be provided by the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Planning Association, and the Low Impact Development Center, Inc. Grantees will be required to plan and conduct ongoing evaluation to assess and demonstrate social and environmental outcomes. Applications are due by midnight (EDT) Friday, April 29, 2016. Applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected for a grant by June 30, 2016.

Requirements:

  • The principal applicant must be a park and recreation agency or affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If the applicant is not a park and recreation agency, the applicant is required to submit a letter of support for the project being proposed from the park and recreation agency director.
  • The project must take place at a park site in a low‐income underserved community.
  • Significant progress towards the program outcomes must be demonstrated and reported by October 2017. All major construction must be completed by this date.

Successful applicants will:

  • Demonstrate supportive high level community‐wide leadership, particularly from the mayor or similarly placed official(s), for the project. Letters of support from elected officials, partnering agencies and community organizations are encouraged.
  • Exemplify collaboration between the park agency and planning agency, or equivalent, to implement the proposed green infrastructure project and support community planning goals.
  • Explain how the project will advance social equity within the community.
  • Demonstrate how this grant will enable them to maximize environmental outcomes while engaging the community in their green infrastructure project.
  • Demonstrate how their approach to green infrastructure takes into account current models and data forecasts of changing climate conditions, particularly in the siting of their project in areas prone to extreme weather events such as flooding.
  • Identify and describe the underserved low‐income community that they will reach, including demographic statistics compared to the surrounding communities and region.
  • Show how they will improve environmental quality, create public access, and engage the community.
  • Outline their plan to monitor and evaluate their work to achieve one or more of the three key objectives listed above and indicate the metrics they will use to track results.
  • Identify their maintenance plan to sustain the project after the grant period ends.

The online grant application is available at http://www.nrpa.org/greeninfrastructure. For additional assistance, contact Jimmy O’Connor at joconnor@nrpa.org.

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National Park Service (NPS) Director, Dr. Robert Zarr (NPS Park Rx Advisor), and Richard Louv will be on NPR’s Diane Rehm show this Wednesday, April 6th at 11 am EST to talk about National Park Rx.

Park Rx is a community health initiative to “prescribe” time in parks to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness ──and create the next generation of park supporters, visitors, and advocates in the process.

On National Park Rx Day, Sunday, April 24, 2016, parks across the country (National parks, state parks, regional parks, county and city parks, and other open space) will be hosting events.

A National Park Rx Day Mini Tool Kit (FINAL NPS – National Park Rx Day Mini Tool kitprovides information to help health providers, parks, non-profits, and other partners host an event.  Here are some ways to participate:

  • Invite dignitaries from health providers, national public land managers, community leaders and other nonprofits for an event with health screenings and healthy activities for doctors, patients, and the greater community.
  • Walks with doctors and patients to nearby parks on trails.
    Provide ParkRx pads for everyone to prescribe parks to family members.
  • Offer transportation for patients from health provider locations to parks for healthy activities and a picnic.
  • Offer passive recreation activities in parks where permitted (yoga, tai chi, meditation).
  • Schedule active recreation activities in parks where permitted (zumba, bike rides, chit chat runs, hikes, soccer game, basketball match, frisbee, volleyball, etc.)

Register your event at https://www.surveymonkey/r/ParkRxDay. Please visit the Park Prescription website at www.ParkRx.org. Contact Anne O’Neill, Park Rx Coordinator, National Park Service at aoneill@nps.gov for more information.

 

 

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Georgia Tree City USA Communities. Enter to win a GoPro camera in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA.

Photo Categories

  • Category 1 – My Scenic Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must capture the beauty of your Tree City USA. (Tip: Focus on unique or historic buildings/locations that include trees… something that sets your city apart from others)

  • Category 2 – My Active Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must show residents of your Tree City USA participating in activities in, around, or among trees. (Note: If your photo includes any recognizable faces, you must get permission from the individual.)

  • Category 3 – My Recognized Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must contain one of your community’s Tree City USA recognition materials. Examples include a Tree City USA sign posted at the edge of town or a group holding your town’s Tree City USA flag. Feel free to get creative!

How to Enter

  • To enter the Tree City USA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest, post your submission on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page along with the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40 AND the City, State you live in.

Entry Period

  • Submissions will be accepted from April 6, 2016 to April 20, 2016.

Prizes

  • Each category will be eligible to win a GoPro camera.

Eligibility

  • Must be 18 yrs or older.
  • Must include #MyTreeCityUSA40 when posting image.
  • Must include City, State where image was taken [must be a recognized Tree City USA community to be considered].

How Entries will be collected

  • An internal team from the Arbor Day Foundation will collect every photo posted using the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40. On April 21, 2016, the photos will be given to an internal committee who will select 10 finalists for each category by April 25, 2016.

Voting Period

  • On April 28, 2016, the finalists for each category will be posted at www.arborday.org/ mytreecityusa40 and voting will begin. Voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 5.

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Tree City USA began in 1976 and is marking its 40th Anniversary this year. Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters (Georgia Forestry Commission). This active partnership can be credited with the ongoing success of the program.

The Tree City USA program was designed to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by awarding recognition to communities that meet four basic standards of a good tree care program. The Standards include:

Standard 1: A Tree Board or Tree Department

Standard 2: A Community Tree Ordinance

Standard 3: A Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at least $2 per capita

Standard 4: An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

16 communities are celebrating 40 years of participation including Urbana, IL, Clay City, KS, Junction City, KS, Newton, KS, Auburn, NE. Paramus, NJ, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, NJ, Grand Forks, ND, Mandan, ND, Springfield, OH, Westerville, OH, Wooster, OH, Salem, OR, Philadelphia, PA; and Upper Merion Township, PA.

More than 3,400 cities and towns take great pride in practicing sound urban forestry and being recognized as Tree City USA communities. Georgia’s oldest Tree City USA is Columbus, which celebrates its 38th year as a Tree City USA in 2016. The 10 oldest Tree City USAs in Georgia include:

City of Columbus – 38 Years

City of Avondale Estates – 32 Years

City of Marietta – 32 Years

City of Washington – 31 Years

City of Trenton – 31 Years

City of Savannah – 31 Years

City of Atlanta – 30 Years

City of Macon – 30 Years

City of Valdosta – 30 Years

City of Gainesville – 29 Years

Tree City USA increases public awareness of the many social, economic, and environmental benefits urban forests provide. Today, more than 137 million Americans make their homes in Tree City USA communities. They benefit daily from the cleaner air, shadier streets, and aesthetic beauty that healthy, well-managed urban forests provide.

If you do not live in a Tree City USA community, talk to your mayor or city council representative or state urban and community forestry agency. To learn more about the program, go to arborday.org or gatrees.org.

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The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is addressing the critical urban forest resource management issues of tree failure and risk in coastal Georgia and equipping community leaders with essential tools to proactively manage the health and sustainability of their urban forests.

International consultant, Mark Duntemann of Natural Path Urban Forestry in Vermont will address misconceptions among community leaders about the price of prevention v. the risk of costly litigation. Mark will discuss proactive management and the benefits of retaining healthy trees that pose low risk, and why and how to prioritize trees of the highest risk, based on city size and budget. This information can save cities thousands of dollars in tree value and benefits.

An important one-day workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Midway, Georgia at the Coastal Electric Cooperative to help community leaders understand genuine tree risks, benefits, and current tree risk management strategies that are reasonable and defensible.

The objectives of the Coastal Georgia Tree Risk Management project are to help cities:

  • Recognize that the benefits of trees outweigh the perceived risk.
  • Reduce the potential for human, home and property damage.
  • Be prepared to defend the tree program if a tree-related incident occurs.
  • Understand the ramifications of managing tree risk in a reactive way.
  • Demonstrate due diligence and a proactive approach through “As Low As Reasonably Practical” (ALARP) concepts.
  • Learn what to do and who to call. Consult an ISA Certified Arborist.

Join us! This workshop is for city and county managers, arborists, tree board members, city council members and public works directors.

Register at www.georgiaarborist.org.

Trees: Reduce the risk. It’s feasible, it’s reasonable, it’s your duty! #treerisk

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