Wednesday May 19th, 10:00am Description: The US Forest Service released $4.2 million in new funds for the 2020 GLRI Grant program. You can secure up to $300,000 in funding for tree planting and forest health improvements. The Davey Resource Group understands the time and energy required to apply for funding. This webinar will discuss successful strategies for writing grant applications along with case study examples of previously funded GLRI projects.
Pest Update (May 13, 2020). Vol 18, no. 14 John Ball, Forest Health Specialist SD Department of Agriculture,
Extension Forester SD Cooperative ExtensionONGOING ANNOUNCEMENTS
SURVEY:Nature and human well-being in times of isolation and a global pandemic
Researchers from the University of British Columbia are interested in understanding the connection between nature and human well-being in times of isolation during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This survey will take 15 minutes of your time, but could have long-lasting impacts as it has the potential to inform decision-making around healthy lifestyle choices and healthy city planning in the future. The survey, which will circulate around the world, is gathering insights about how we engage with nature and how contact with nature impacts us during times of isolation, stress, and uncertainty.
Citizen Science: Angela Gupta, UMN Extension Forester is working on a Gender Bending Trees: Amur Corktree citizen science project this year that can be done while social distancing. In mid-May when we expect flowers to emerge community members will be asked to look for, report, monitor the flower and possible fruit via EDDMapS Pro, in an effort to sex Amur corktrees. The hope is we'll be able to better understand if Amur corktrees are switching gender (becoming female and producing fruit and possibly becoming invasive) or if the incorrect gender is being planted (assuming most are intending to plant male trees to prevent their possible invasiveness). I'm delighted that Rochester, St. Paul, Minnesoplis and Duluth were able to email me a file (preferable Excel, but ArcGIS will work) of the known public locations for Amur corktree. This information will help community volunteers know where to look for Amur corktree. If you have similar Amur corktree location information and are willing to share please contact Angie Gupta at firstname.lastname@example.orgSign Up to Join a MnSTAC Working Committee
Please consider taking a moment to sign up to participate in one of MNSTAC's working committees for 2020. These committees will report to the full board at each meeting and will develop a workplan associated with the goals stated within each description. We appreciate your time and willingness to help us improve our organization and its delivery of important information. Thank you!
Hennepin County has grants available to cities, affordable housing properties, schools, and non-profit organizations to enhance the county’s tree canopy. Apply by: June 18thGreen Futures Program - Apply Now! Tree Trust's Green Futures Program provides funds to plant trees in public spaces around the metro area.