2012 Partners in Community Forestry – Sacramento

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project Coordinator, Lee Mueller, received national recognition in November from the Alliance for Community Trees, a national nonprofit urban forestry organization. Mueller received a Travel Scholarship donated by Bartlett Tree Experts to help attend the annual national conference of urban and community forestry leaders in Sacramento, CA, This November.

Lee attended both the Alliance for Community Trees Membership Day and the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference. This yearly, national conference highlights innovative approaches to urban forestry and presents an opportunity to converse with organizations from around the United States. Lee was able to meet with other Michigan forestry representatives, discover unique approaches to urban forestry across the nation, and network with a wide array of non-profit and industry professionals.

Of particular interest were Sacramento’s use of blue trees to highlight the importance of protecting trees as urban assets, displays of new technologies for urban forest management, and collaborations across the country with utilities to promote reforestation on private lands. Lee will be using some of these examples to further bolster urban forestry programs here in Grand Rapids. His attendance was just another way the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is taking forestry efforts here at home, to the national stage.

(Left to Right) Margaret Studer (Genesee Conservation District), Kevin Sayers (MiDNR), Dean Hay (Greening of Detroit), and Lee Mueller (FGRP) discuss Urban Forestry in Michigan at the 2012 Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Sacramento, CA.

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