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CRTI Community Tree Network

The Community Tree Network is a peer to peer mentoring program to share expertise and provide mentorship to other urban foresters, tree commissions, forestry advocates, public works administration, and budget managers.

The goal of the Network is to connect neighboring communities and pool their knowledge to

1) understand the challenges and be able to advocate for best practices to their municipality and council members to address their forestry concerns and/or increase their forestry budgets,

2) implement or tweak their operations to conform to the best practices for the benefit of their trees,

3) create a regional community of tree experts to meet the growing complexity and scale of ecological challenges that cut across our municipal barriers.

 

 

UPCOMING

 

Fall 2017: Value of Oaks and Oak Ecosystems. Evanston. Registration and more details available in September.
 
 
 
COMPLETED
 

Summer 2017Fruit and Nut Roll (8/5/2017, Douglas Park). Join us and Slow Roll Chicago we bike to some great examples of fruit and nut trees in an urban setting. This special session of the Community Tree Network brought 75 Chicago Region residents out to learn about the joys and challenges of growing food on trees in the middle of a city. See pictures here.

 

Spring 2017: (4/3/2017, The Morton Arboretum). Topic: Drones in Arboriculture. The Community Tree Network is a peer to peer mentoring program to share expertise and provide mentorship to other urban foresters, tree commissions, forestry advocates, public works administration, and budget managers. Come to The Morton Arboretum to learn how drones can be used to enhance your forestry program. The workshop will include a variety of presentations, including the logistics and opportunities for using drones in professional arboriculture, a viewing of drone footage of the tree damage in Ottawa, IL after the recent tornado, and a live demonstration on how to use a drone. See pictures here.

 

Winter 2017 (1/18/2017, Possibility Place Nursery). Topic: Fireside Forestry: Nursery TourJoin us for a chance to tour Possibility Place Nursery, learn about their onsite mill, discuss winter pruning, get tips on nursery tree selection, and learn more about their grow bag system. We’ll end the tour with a casual lunch around a bonfire. This event is open to all professional arborists and foresters in the region. See agenda hereSee Pictures from the event here. Participants: 47 guests from Chicago Region municipalities, park districts, forest preserves, tree advocates, and agencies.

 

Fall 2016. (10/25/2016, McMahon Woods in Palos Hills). Topic: Tree Planting for Experts. Speakers: Joe McCarthy (Chicago Bureau of Forestry), Jerome Scott (Chicago Park District), Tristan and Kelsay Shaw (Possibility Place Nursery), and Michael Dugan (Openlands). Participants: 17 municipalities, park districts, forest preserves, and agencies.

 

Summer 2016 (7/27/2016, Schaumburg). Topic: Winter Tree Protection: Safe Road De-Icing Solutions. Agenda here. Speakers: Mark DeVries (Vaisala), Wilfred Nixon (Salt Institute), Schaumburg Brew Crew, Meghan Midgley (The Morton Arboretum). Participants: 30 municipalities, park districts, forest preserves, and agencies.

 

Spring 2016 (3/22/2016, Triton College in River Grove). Topic: The 100-Year Infrastructure Overhaul: How to Protect Your Trees During Construction. Agenda here Participants: 32 municipalities, park districts, forest preserves, and agencies. Agenda here
 
Winter 2016 (1/19/2016, East Hazel Crest) Topic: Grant Writing. This special session will be held in partnership with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Associations. Participants: 56 municipalities, park districts, forest preserves, and agencies.
 
Fall 2015 (11/10/2015, Riverside Village Hall) Topic: Avoid Contracting Headaches by writing a better RFP, Speakers: Anne Marie McIntyre, Lydia Scott, Kelly Bolger, Joe McCarthy, Peter Gordon, Brian Borkowicz. Participants: 20  municipalities, park districts, and agencies.

 

Summer 2015 (8/14/2015, Algonquin Historic Village Hall) Topic: Community approaches to planting trees on public and private lands, Speakers: Annamaria Leon, Robyn Flakne, Daniella Pereira, Mike Collins. Participants: 15 municipalities, park districts, and agencies.

 

Spring 2015 (5/7/2015, Arlington Heights Public Works): Topic: Costs of not maintaining public trees. Speakers: Steve Ludwig, Dru Sabatello. Participants: 32 municipalities, park districts, and agencies.

 

Winter 2015: (1/26/2015, Lombard Public Works): Topic: Pruning small trees. Speaker: Eric Hendrickson. Participants: 29 municipalities, park districts, and agencies.

           

We would love to have more communities, park districts, and forest preserves participating in the Network. Please contact mcustic@mortonarb.org to get involved.