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FEBRUARY 2018

 

Partner Event: February 16, 21, or 28 - What Climate Change means for our Chicago-Region Forests, hosted by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sea levels rising, hurricane activity increasing, ice caps melting -- we're all familiar with the global impacts of climate change.  But what about climate predictions specifically for the Chicago-Region?  We'll examine the changes we are already seeing and what impacts the altered climate will have on the flora and fauna that call the Chicago-Region home.  Lastly, we'll discuss climate change adaption strategies utilized here at the Forest Preserves. Two ISA CEUs pending. Instructor: Kim Blaszczak. Free. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll: lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov
 
February 16, Crabtree Nature Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm
February 21, Trailside Museum from 12:00pm-2:00pm
February 28, Sand Ridge nature Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm

 

February 21- Battling Buckthorn: Effective Strategies for Removal, Replacement, and Client Communications. Buckthorn has been identified as an invasive plant by the State of Illinois. Most private property owners don’t realize its harmful effects on surrounding trees, wildlife, and landscapes. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative,  the Forest Preserve District of Lake County, Ringers Landscaping, and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association have partnered to teach landscape professionals how to manage and eradicate this invasive species and to communicate these concerns to their clients. The workshop covers mitigation strategies and discusses screening alternatives and messaging that can be communicated to clients. Attendees will better understand how landscape professionals can take advantage of this threat and turn it into an opportunity to both sell and educate. 9-11 a.m. at the Forest Preserve District of Lake County Operations Headquarters, 19808 W. Grand Ave., Lindenhurst, IL  60046. Free. Register here.

 

February 28- Battling Buckthorn: Effective Strategies for Removal, Replacement, and Client Communications. Buckthorn has been identified as an invasive plant by the State of Illinois. Most private property owners don’t realize its harmful effects on surrounding trees, wildlife, and landscapes. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative,  the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Ringers Landscaping, and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association have partnered to teach landscape professionals how to manage and eradicate this invasive species and to communicate these concerns to their clients. The workshop covers mitigation strategies and discusses screening alternatives and messaging that can be communicated to clients. Attendees will better understand how landscape professionals can take advantage of this threat and turn it into an opportunity to both sell and educate. 9-11 a.m. at Salt Creek Resource Management facility (500 Ogden Ave, Western Springs, IL 60558). Free. Register here.
 
 
February 21, 22, 23, or 28- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Workshop-Central and Southern Illinois. Learn more about EAB biology and its impact on ash trees, what signs and symptoms to look for when identifying EAB in the field, potential community impact of ash tree loss, importance of a tree inventory, the importance of public support and outreach efforts, and whether to treat or not to treat your ash tree resource.  The latest research on EAB management options will be presented and discussed. $10. Register here.
 
February 21- Carbondale, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
February 22- Collinsville, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
February 23- Altamont, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
February 28- Macomb, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
 
Partner Event: February 22- TREE Fund webinar Do Planting Stock Decisions Really Make Much Difference Down The Road? Can simple production or propagation decisions impact landscape performance of container-grown trees? What are the returns on your investment in the size of planting stock? Will the “little dogs” catch the “big ones” in the end? In this free one-hour webinar, Dr. Michael Arnold of Texas A&M University will consider the big impacts of small planting stock selection decisions. Some of the findings might surprise you! 12:00 pm Central. One CEU available from ISA or SAF or NALP (NEW!); must watch live broadcast to receive CEU credit. Webinar will be archived within one week of broadcast at treefund.org/webinars.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

MARCH 2018

 

March 7- Community Tree Network. Topic: Acheiving Species Diversity. This workshop for forestry and nursery professionals will highlight the importance of species diversity in the region and in your community and how you can reach your diversity goals. Learn how to choose the right species for your site, what resources that can help you find those species, and what other foresters in the region are planting. Register here.

 

Partner Event: March 1, 8, or 15 - The Value & Management of Street Trees, hosted by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Trees that line our city streets might appear to be just for decoration, but they are critical for sustainable urban and suburban design. Trees provide a myriad of social, ecological, and economic benefits, but also face environmental challenges while growing in less-than-ideal conditions. This class will focus on the benefits of street trees and the ways they are planned and managed by urban foresters to maximize benefits. Participants can expect to learn about how street trees interact with natural areas and explore some of the local initiatives that use trees to improve sustainability and resilience. Two ISA CEUs pending. Instructor: Elsa Anderson. Free. Contact Lindsay Ivanyi via email to enroll: lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov
 
March 1, Crabtree Nature Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm
March 8, Little Red School House from 12:00pm-2:00pm
March 15, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm
 
 
Partner event: March 1-2- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Mastering Foremanship Training. Train foremen how to be better leaders and managers of people and projects.Capped at 50 Spanish-speaking foremen, 50 English-speaking foremen
 
 
Partner event: March 15-16- Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Field Staff Skills Training. Capped at 200 English and Spanish-speaking laborers, foremen, and supervisors in landscaping and municipal work. Train your English & Spanish-speaking labor force on technical topics. 
 
 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

APRIL 2018

April 4 and 5CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training at Triton College in River GroveCRTI's full day, hands on training event for non-forestry professionals who work with trees. Our expert-led sessions will include important forestry topics such as safety, tree selection, planting and pruning, the importance of roots and bark, providing proper tree care, and avoiding tree damage during construction. The second day will be an optional training focused on chainsaw basics and safety. The event, held twice each year in locations around the region, cost $25 and include lunch and training materials. Register here.

 

April 27- Happy Arbor Day!

 

Partner Event: April 27- City of St Charles Tree Commission and St Charles America in Bloom Committee's Arbor Day Celebration. On behalf of the City of St Charles Tree Commission and the St Charles America in Bloom Committee we invite you to celebrate Arbor Day 2018. This annual event features art, music, a tree raffle, free perennial giveaways, tree care demonstrations, educational materials for homeowners and special tree related programs. Join St Charles as they celebrate 20 years as a Tree City USA community! 4 p.m. at Lincoln Park on Main St west of Route 31. Free
 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

 

MAY 2018

Partner Event: May 27- Submission Deadline: Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods is looking for Artwork for a Group Exhibition on the theme of Oak Ecosystems. Our exhibition, The Promise of an Acorn, will focus not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.  Your artwork can focus on any part of this theme, and does not necessarily have to feature the oak itself.  We welcome a wide range of styles, subject matter, media, and interpretations of the theme. Submission Form here.

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

JUNE 2018

 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

JULY 2018

 

Partner Event: July 22 - September 2- The Promise of an Acorn art exhibition (Opening Reception on 7/22, 1-3pm). Our exhibition will focus not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.  Your artwork can focus on any part of this theme, and does not necessarily have to feature the oak itself.  We welcome a wide range of styles, subject matter, media, and interpretations of the theme. 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

AUGUST 2018

 

Partner Event: July 22 - September 2- The Promise of an Acorn art exhibition (Opening Reception on 7/22, 1-3pm). Our exhibition will focus not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.  Your artwork can focus on any part of this theme, and does not necessarily have to feature the oak itself.  We welcome a wide range of styles, subject matter, media, and interpretations of the theme. 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Partner Event: July 22 - September 2- The Promise of an Acorn art exhibition (Opening Reception on 7/22, 1-3pm). Our exhibition will focus not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.  Your artwork can focus on any part of this theme, and does not necessarily have to feature the oak itself.  We welcome a wide range of styles, subject matter, media, and interpretations of the theme. 

 

Partner event: Ongoing. Openlands hosts events every month of the year for people who want to learn more about trees and our connection to them. Join us for Tree Walks, Tree Plantings, and Tree Care events throughout the region. For more information contact trees@openlands.org

 

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