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   2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest  
   The votes have been tallied and Victoria Grant is our state winner. Karlee Reedy came in 2nd and Marissa Giles in 3rd. Congratulations to our finalists and thank you to all participants. Here is more info and Miss Grant's poster!​  
   Annual Awards   
  Congratulations to our 2015 IUFC Award Winners!  
Project: Greening of Griffith 
Individual of the Year: Steve Gutzwiller 
​Organization: Greendale Tree Board 
Business: Charlotte Creek Nursery & Bluegrass Farms 
Tree Steward: Elizabeth Jarvis 
Thank you very much for your service, our cities and towns benefit greatly from your work.​
  IUFC Fall Conference  
  We had a great time October 13 & 14 at Butler University in Indianapolis for our 25th Annual Urban Forestry Conference! Click here for the conference brochure. We started Tuesday off with a service learning project, followed by a tour of Woody Warehouse, and finished with a brewery bus tour social. Wednesday had an amazing set of talks and awards presented.  
   Leaves of Faith  
   A neTree Canopy Project that could Save the Planet! Got faith? Looking to add an ecological powerhouse to your green team? Are you ready to steward a meaningful change in your community? Learn about the impact one congregation can make with proper tree planting. The fruits of your labor will multiply...and you already have partners here to help you! 
Here is a recording of the August 26th webinar.  
Please email if you would like more information. Be a part of something wonderful for Indiana's environment....Expanding tree canopies!
   Walnut Twig Beetle  
   The little bugger has been found in Franklin County, Indiana. Here is the press release.  
  IUFC Summer Meeting, 2015    
   We had a great time in Jeffersonville July 15 & 16! There was a service learning project, a tour, some education and comradery one day followed by a day of educational programming the next. More info is here. Check it out here  
   Video Clips  
   Here are a couple videos that were shown at the Winter Conference. One from the City of Goshen, the other about How Trees Survive Winter.    
   Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan  
   Speak Up! Share your ideas to guide the next decade of Urban and Community  Forestry. Check out this website and get involved. There are several stages of planning.   
   2015 IUFC Arbor Day Poster Contest Begins   
   Registration for this 5th Grade poster contest has officially begun and lasts through mid-April 2015. More details regarding lesson plans and specific rules will be posted.
Click here to go to the online registration form. There is some more information on our Education page.
  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! 
  Our Board Fundraising Challenge Grant will be fully matched by the challenging donor who challenged us to raise $15,000 in new dollars.  As a team we raised $15,046 in 2014, with the match that will be $30,046. This has been our most successful year yet! A very special thank you to all the new donors, new private grants, new partnerships and our challenger.  
   Funding Opportunities   
   Here is a list of grants that may help with your projects. Many of them have application deadlines last month.   
   Emerald Ash Borer Increase 
   Read the latest press release from the DNR concerning the new infested counties. 
   Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
   The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships. 
This RFP closes February 2, 2015. ​The funding opportunity supports green infrastructure and urban forest restoration projects in communities.

Tree Steward of the Year
Linda Mapes, our Outstanding Tree Steward of the Year, received some great press in the Northwest Indiana Times.

  Emerald Ash Borer University
  Emerald Ash Borer University (EABU) is a free webinar series created to bring awareness, education and information about tree pests and diseases. Webinar participants are involved in live presentations given by experts from communities, universities, and state and federal organizations who deal with these issues. The presentations end with question and answer sessions.

Tree care companies, arborists, urban foresters, landowners, educators and others involved in tree management will find these webinars beneficial. The EABU webinars are held on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) for one hour, at 11 a.m., Eastern Time, beginning November 6 and running to December 18. Check here for the full line-up.

   Planning Guide for Green Infrastructure 
   The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a guide that illustrates the environmental and economic value of “green infrastructure.” Here is the story from ACTrees.
   2014 IUFC Fall Conference
   Our Fall Conference and Annual Meeting was held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Garfield Park Art Center in Indianapolis.
  Fall Conference Preview 
   Some of our speakers have published articles. Here is a link to a document where you can read them.
   IUFC Fall Newsletter
   Get your newsletter here  
   IUFC Summer Conference 
   Our summer meeting was fantastic in Valparaiso!  Click here for the conference brochureHere's an overview
   Tag Your Trees
   We have some tags for your trees from the Morton Arboretum showing the financial benefits of individual trees. Email us at if you are interested in receiving some for your community. For information in calculating these benefits, see the Tree Benefits Calculator.
   Indiana's Big Tree Register
   Nominations are open for the biggest of each tree species native to the state of Indiana. There is a point index that takes into consideration the total tree height, canopy spread, and trunk circumference.  Nominations are open until September 30, 2014.  All nominations will be verified and the "new" Indiana Big Trees will be announced/posted Spring 2015. Link to more information including nomination form. 
   Think Outside the Urban Box
   A report titled "City Regions as Landscapes for People, Food and Nature " is available here.  It is a new take on integrated landscapes. 
  Tree Board Member Webinars
  The North Carolina Urban Forestry Council has designed a new webinar series for tree board members. While based from North Carolina, the series is open to tree board members across the United States. This series is free and only requires advanced registration. More info here.
  i-Tree 2014 Released 
  The US Forest Service has released the latest version in the i-Tree suites. Design & Canopy have new features while Hydro has been redesigned. Check them out.
   Workshop Series: Helping Families Conserve Nature On Their Land
   Tippecanoe County and Monroe/Brown Counties are offering this eight week workshop series 
  America in Bloom
  America in Bloom recognizes outstanding efforts to make communities more livable and beautiful through urban forestry and complementary civic endeavors.  Communities are invited to apply for the 2014 National America in Bloom Awards program before February 28, 2014. 
   Purdue Tree Doctor App
  It is available in an Android version as well as Apple.

   "How to Hire an Arborist" 
   The Indiana Arborist Association has produced a new brochure to help people choose qualified arborists. Here it is!
   Trees and Storms
   Purdue Extension has a new publication to help homeowners identify and repair tree damage.
   Garden Club of America Scholarships
   The GCA offers many scholarships and fellowships. There is one for urban forestry! Here is a letter with links for more information.
   August is Tree Check Month 
   The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that August is Tree Check Month and urges the public to check trees for signs of Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Click here for more information.
   Using i-Tree Hydro for Simulating Green Infrastructure Webinar
   The webinar was held in June 2013. Here is the link to the webinar slides. Here is the link to the Q&A. Here is the link to a blog promoting the webinar.
   Momentum Maker IUFC Board Member extraordinaire Tim Detzner was featured as a Momentum Maker at Purdue University for his work as campus arborist. Here is the article. Great work Tim!
   Indiana Land Trust Map Click here to see a map of Indiana with the land trusts delineated.

   ALCOA and IUFC Provide TREES for Southwest IndianaThe IUFC was awarded a $20,000 grant from the ALCOA Foundation/Warrick Operations.  The IUFC will sub-grant these funds to cities and towns in the following counties: Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.   Here is the announcement, the guidelines, and the application. Contact Carrie Tauscher or Holly Jones for a Word version of the application. Contact info is in the announcement.
   EAB Information
Here is Purdue's website for all things Emerald Ash Borer

   eLEARN Urban Forestry
   This is a free, state-of-the-art, online distance learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes. The program can be found here: Tree Stewards, read a message for you on the Tree Steward page.
  Tree Board U
   Tree Board University is a unique online training that will help you learn more about trees, people, and serving in a citizen advisory role in your city, town, or village. Check out this free program at
   Drought Information
Need information on the drought of 2012?  Purdue has a webpage dedicated to this issue with a special segment on trees, landscape and turf.  Visit

   Tips for Watering Trees
Have a few minutes?  Check out this YouTube video from Texas that has tips for watering your trees. Keep in mind the water restrictions in your community. Fire hydrants and trees both need water.

   Drought and Trees
Here is an interesting article about the drought and the effects on trees from the Indianapolis Star, July 22, 2012.

"Indiana Expeditions: Forests At Work” Now on Web
If you missed the debut of “Indiana Expeditions: Forests At Work,” you can now watch the entire show as well as several “extra content” segments on the internet.  This hour-long special examines Indiana’s forest resources and forest management, covering a wide range of topics from nurseries to forest products, tree farms to the urban forest, and much more.  To view the show and other extra content, go to and click on “Forests At Work.”  This show was the result of a collaboration between the IDNR-Division of Forestry and WFYI public television in Indianapolis.

   Indiana Community Tree Stewards have a Facebook Group
If you are on Facebook, join the group to share photos, post questions/comments, find education and volunteer updates, and connect with Tree Stewards across the state.  Search for "Indiana Community Tree Stewards."


Ben & Jerry's Foundation: National Grassroots Grant Program 
Through the National Grassroots Grant Program, Ben & Jerry's Foundation provides support to nonprofit community organizations throughout the United States that bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The broad goals of the program are to further social justice, protect the environment, and support sustainable food systems. Grants of up to $15,000 are provided to grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community organizing strategies to accomplish their goals as well as organizations that provide technical support and/or resources to such groups. The Foundation does not make grants to support social service programs. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website ( to review the funding priorities and submit an online letter of interest

Utilities & Trees

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has determined that Hoosiers would benefit from having consistency with regard to the rules and regulations surrounding tree-trimming practices and procedures.
Click here for the full news release.


   Invasive Species Videos from the NPS
As park of the Great Lakes Restoration, the National Parks Service created four short 5 minute videos discussing the impact of invasive species on people and communities as well as what the general public can do to prevent their spread. Although set in the national parks they are useful to anyone in an educational setting.
LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Emerald Ash Borer 
LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Spotted Knapweed 
LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Invasive Plants In Our Parks 
LITTLE THINGS big problems-- Aquatic Invaders



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Indianapolis, Indiana 46230 
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