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Trees provide many benefits in urban settings. They reduce air and noise pollution, help conserve water, save energy, and reduce soil erosion, saving money, enhancing businesses and providing beauty to the places in which we live and work. IDL staff and contracted community forestry assistants provide technical and educational assistance to help citizens and professionals with a wide range of actions, from ordinance creation to program development to ways to use trees and community forest canopy strategically in order to address critical issues such as those listed above

Arbor Day

All Idaho communities are encouraged to participate in the “Planting Idaho” program. Applications will be sent to communities throughout Idaho and a lottery style drawing will be used to determine who receives the grants.
April 29

Tree City USA

Those wishing to learn more about Tree City USA, apply for Tree City USA status, re-certify or apply for a Growth Award are encouraged to complete the application online. Applications are due December 15th of each year.

Municipal Foresters Institute 2022 Scholarships

Application Deadline June 24, 2022

The Idaho Department of Lands Community Forestry Program is offering up to two scholarships to municipal arborist staff for the national 2022 Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI). The institute is an intensive high-level professional growth program of the Society of Municipal Arborists. This week-long training provides personal and professional development opportunities for key urban forestry decision makers who want to become effective leaders and managers. Now in its 17th year, the cadre of dedicated urban forestry instructors have taught over 800 MFI leaders since 2005. 

For more information about the institute visit the Society of Municipal Arborists website.

Individuals employed by Idaho municipal forestry programs (city community forestry programs or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the IDL scholarship to the MFI. Additionally, participants from historically underserved populations, including all ethnic origins (African Americans, Asian or Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Hispanics and White) will be considered for the Society of Municipal Arborists sponsored DIVERSITY scholarships for attendance to MFI.

The scholarships will cover registration fees, course materials, and meals (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch) and five nights lodging, with a total value of $2,399. Recipients will be responsible for their travel and any other incidental costs. This year’s Municipal Foresters Institute will be held at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH from September 25 to 30, 2022.

The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is June 24, 2022. 


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Partner Contacts

Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah & Shoshone counties:
Garth Davis
Spokane Conservation District
(509) 535-7274 ext 212

Counties south of Salmon River:
Gerry Bates
(208) 681-5964

Treasure Valley Canopy Network
Lance Davisson
(208) 994-1135

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