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December 2018

 

January 2019

 

January 9- CRTI Partner Recognition Celebration. Join us for the release our our new Master Plan! Enjoy a keynote from Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni of the University of Utah on “Branching out: forging novel partnerships to inspire care of our trees”, hear from John-Rob Pool of the World Resources Institute about the Cities4Forests program (www.wri.org/our-work/project/cities4forests) and how cities around the world fit into the program, and celebrate achievements in forestry in the Chicago Region over dinner and drinks. 2 to 8 p.m. at The Morton Arboretum. Attendees will help us donate trees to a community in the Chicago Region. Register here.

 

January 9- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Knots and their Practical Applications, 101. Have you been in a situation where you weren’t confident on which knot to use?  Whether you were securing an item in a truck to transport, or wanting to get a good grip on an object without cutting off your circulation, or wondering which knots are secure AND easy to undo after the work is through, then don’t miss this class!  You will get to learn and practice these knots along with the instructor, and see how basic knots are used in every day arboriculture applications to make work safer, convenient, and easier.  This class will demonstrate common knots and variations of a BOWLINE, CLOVE HITCH, & FIGURE 8, as well as other knots and combinations. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: Jason Sochacki, Resource Technician, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Crabtree Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
January 16- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Knots and their Practical Applications, 101. Have you been in a situation where you weren’t confident on which knot to use?  Whether you were securing an item in a truck to transport, or wanting to get a good grip on an object without cutting off your circulation, or wondering which knots are secure AND easy to undo after the work is through, then don’t miss this class!  You will get to learn and practice these knots along with the instructor, and see how basic knots are used in every day arboriculture applications to make work safer, convenient, and easier.  This class will demonstrate common knots and variations of a BOWLINE, CLOVE HITCH, & FIGURE 8, as well as other knots and combinations. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: Jason Sochacki, Resource Technician, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Salt Creek Resource Management 12:00pm-2:00pm (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
January 17Urban Forest Management and Planning Workshop. The morning sessions address the level of detail and data quality associated with three types of street tree inventories: traditional field-based surveys by experts, citizen science inventories conducted by nonexpert volunteers, and virtual surveys conducted remotely using Google Street View imagery. The afternoon will focus on creating equitable urban forests through research, outreach, management, and planning, with presentations on iTree Landscape in planning and education, understanding inequity in urban forests and modeling future changes, and community engagement through urban tree data collection and analysis. Hosted by The Center for Tree Science and Chicago Region Trees Initiative at The Morton Arboretum from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free. Register Here.
 
 
January 23- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Knots and their Practical Applications, 101. Have you been in a situation where you weren’t confident on which knot to use?  Whether you were securing an item in a truck to transport, or wanting to get a good grip on an object without cutting off your circulation, or wondering which knots are secure AND easy to undo after the work is through, then don’t miss this class!  You will get to learn and practice these knots along with the instructor, and see how basic knots are used in every day arboriculture applications to make work safer, convenient, and easier.  This class will demonstrate common knots and variations of a BOWLINE, CLOVE HITCH, & FIGURE 8, as well as other knots and combinations. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: Jason Sochacki, Resource Technician, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sand Ridge Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 

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

 

 

February 2019

 

 
February 8- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. River Trail Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
February 14- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. Trailside Museum 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
February 20- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Law and Order. In some municipal justice systems, tree-based offenses are considered especially heinous.  In the City of Park Ridge, there are dedicated Conservators of the Peace who investigate these violations are members of an elite squad called the Forestry Division.  These are their stories.  In this class, we will discuss the City’s Tree Preservation Ordinance through actual examples of cases starting at the infraction, to citation, through prosecution and discover the reasons why these specific codes are in place and how they relate to tree health. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructors: Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge. Sagawau Environmental Learning Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 

 

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 2019

 

March 19- University of Illinois Extension – Cook County. Webinar: Pruning Deciduous Shrubs. Good pruning habits will enhance spring bloom show of any flowering shrub in the home landscape. Proper pruning techniques will also provide health benefits to the shrub. When properly pruned, insect and disease problems will lessen, all while retaining a natural look. Join Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator, to learn about the three most common ways to prune flowering and non-flowering deciduous shrubs in your yard. 1:30 pm. Register by March 12, 2019. Please register here for the webinars.

 

March 24- April 18. Openlands TreeKeepers Spring Course. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy. The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, runing, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Willow Springs. For more information, please contact treekeepers@openlands.org or visit www.openlands.org/treekeepers.

 

March 26- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Crabtree Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
March 27- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Little Red Schoolhouse 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 
 
March 29- Forest Preserves of Cook County. Amphibian Conservation and Monitoring in Vernal Pools at the Forest Preserves. This class will delve into amphibian biology, current conservation issues and methods for monitoring amphibians at ephemeral ponds. We will discuss: amphibian niches and needs, aquatic vegetation in wooded wetlands, and touch on techniques for restoring and managing vernal pools.  Depending on the weather and recent rainfall, we will also be outside at each forested class location to investigate any spring pool occupants and their unique window of life and adaptability.  Come dressed for a field survey. Class will be submitted to ISA for 2 potential CEUs. Instructor: George Klut, Naturalist I, Forest Preserves of Cook County. Sand Ridge Nature Center 12:00pm-2:00pm. Email Lindsay Ivanyi to register (lindsay.ivanyi@cookcountyil.gov)
 

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 2019

 

April 9-10. Spring 2019 CRTI Urban Forestry Basic Training will be on April 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an optional second day focused on chainsaw basics on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Round Lake Public Works (751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, IL 60073). Registration will open in late winter. Sample program 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

 

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