Wednesday June 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM EDT
Thursday June 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Michigan State University Detroit Center 
3408 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

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Annie Kruise 
Arboriculture Society of Michigan 

Emerald Ash Borer in Detroit: Return to Ground Zero

In 2002, perhaps the most destructive invasive forest-pest in the history of North America was identified in Detroit: emerald ash borer (EAB). Since then, EAB has killed hundreds of millions of trees across 25 states and 2 Canadian provinces. After nearly 15 years of facing the budgetary and management challenges experienced by the massive die-off of trees, communities near EAB’s ground-zero are looking to the future. Attention has once again turned to planting, routine maintenance, and innovative efforts to enhance and expand the community forest.

Across both the classroom and field, this two-day workshop will focus on communities beginning to recover from EAB infestation. Urban forestry practitioners from across the midwest will provide insight on effective and varied EAB response strategies, reforestation tactics, tree inventory use before and after EAB, and making our community forests more resilient to future pests. Join us to see the effects of EAB in Detroit first-hand, and discover new strategies for your approach to community forest management.

This workshop has been organized by a partnership between the City of Detroit, Greening of Detroit, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Arboriculture Society of Michigan, Michigan ReLeaf, Michigan State University, and Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company.

Reasons to attend:

  • Identify re-planting strategies with an emphasis on developing urban forest resilience and expanding tree canopy community-wide.
  • Learn how other communities are managing EAB infestations and hazardous trees on residential properties. 
  • Explore funding opportunities for community tree planting and urban forest management.
  • Discover how information and data about community trees (e.g. tree inventories) can be leveraged to improve tree care operations and respond to invasive pests. 
  • Helping managers/arborist better visualize the impacts to the urban forest, 14yrs post EAB
  • Dispelling some of the myths about EAB, it's spread, and management based on lessons learned in Michigan and elsewhere.

Fees: Register by May 31, 2016 and save $40!

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for each day you are registered, and transportation on June 9 for the Field Day. 

  • $90 One Day rate (June 8 or June 9)
  • $130 One Day rate (after May 31)
  • $150 Full Workshop
  • $190 Full Workshop (after May 31)


Wednesday, June 8 - Educational Sessions
  • Dave Roberts, Michigan State University Extension
    Emerald Ash Borer: It's Past, Present, and Future
  • Todd Mistor, City of Detroit, MI
    Detroit's Urban Forest: Painting a Picture with Numbers.
  • Philip Potyondy, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
    Politics and Planning in Minneapolis: Thoughtful Urban Forest Management and Replanting
  • Lydia Scott, The Morton Arboretum
    Moving Towards a Health Urban Forest
  • Aaron Kingsley, City of Goshen, IN
    Ash Replace Plan: Using UTC Data inGoshen, IN to Leverage Funding and Plant Trees
  • Networking Event - 6:00pm @ The Fowling Warehouse - Hamtramck, MI

Come play the Football Bowling Pin Game called FowlingTM


Thursday, June 9 - Field Day

The Field Tour will include an illustration of Emerald Ash Borer in Detroit, and how the City has been managing its impacts with no time to prepare and minimal resources. Emphasis will be placed on partnership to remove trees and mitigate risk, and the state's efforts on Belle Isle. The tour will also include some innovative urban forestry projects with the Greening of Detroit on brownfields and vacant lands, as well as the Hantz Woodlands project, which is a private effort to establish productive woodlands on vacant land. The tour includes stops at:

  • Detroit Ash and Replacement Tour
  • Hantz Farms Woodlands
  • Belle Isle Tour
  • Greening of Detroit Tour


A total of 12 ISA ceus are pending approval.

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Detroit

1020 Washington Blvd.
Detroit MI 48226

$89.00 per night
Mention EAB Detroit Return to Ground Zero to receive the reduced rate.

Parking: The Hotel is 1 mile from the MSU Detroit Center. Shuttle service is provided complimentary.  There is a complimentary full hot breakfast at the newly updated breakfast bar. Valet Parking is available- $27.00 per car, per night with 24/7 in & out privileges.

Check-in is at 4pm, Check-out is at 11am