SMA Liaison Kerry Gray SMA Michigan Liaison

Kerry Gray

[email protected]

State Coordinator: 

Kevin Sayers – [email protected] /

Welcome to Michigan’s State Liaison webpage for the Society of Municipal Arborists! 


Headline News
Oak Wilt:
 Michigan Department of Natural Resources:  Avoid Oak Wilt:  Don’t Prune trees during risk periods


Celebrate Arbor Day!  Arbor Day in Michigan is the last Friday in April, but communities can celebrate Arbor Day any day during the year.  Visit the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance website at or the Arbor Day Foundation for assistance in planning your event.


Organizations To Know:
Michigan Department of Natural Resources:


Arboriculture Society of Michigan:

Michigan Oak Wilt Coalition:

Michigan State University Extension:


Michigan Arbor Day Alliance:


Grant Opportunities and Upcoming events in Michigan:


2019 Community Tree Planting Grants Available from Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA)


Deadline:  April 30


FY2019 National Coastal Resilience Fund Grants


Deadline:  May 20, 2019 (pre-proposals)


Michigan Office of the Great Lakes - Coastal Healthy Habitat, Waters, and Communities Initiative Grants


Deadline:  June 17, 2019


FY19 US Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Grants


Deadline:  June 28, 2019


Daniel Joseph ‘DJ’ Kurkowski Memorial Scholarship – Sponsored by Arboriculture Society of Michigan Foundation (ASM Foundation)


Deadline:  Applications accepted on rolling basis


The Economic Development Administration Disaster Recovery Support Grants


Deadline:  None (Applications accepted on rolling basis)


Healing Our Waters Grants Available


Deadline:  None (First come, first served)


Upcoming Events


Earth Day/Arbor Day Tree Care & Pruning Demo – Sponsored by MSU Extension-Wexford County


Date: April 28


Location: Cadillac, MI


Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and Re-Qualification – Sponsored by ASM


Dates: May 13 (Re-Qualification), May 14-16 (Qualification)


Location: Grand Rapids, MI


Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Workshops – Sponsored by NOAA, Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Sea Grant and MSU Extension


Date: May 14, 15 17


Location: Alpena (May 14), Bay City (May 15), Dearborn (May 17)


2019 State of the Bay Conference – Sponsored by Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative


Date:  September 26


Location:  Bay City, MI


Place-Based Education Conference: Building Strong and Transformative Communities – Sponsored by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative


Date: November 7-9


Location:  Flint, MI


National Events of Interest:


Society of Municipal Arborists Urban Forestry/Partners in Community Forestry Joint Conference
Date:  Nov 18-21
Location:  Cleveland, OH


National Watershed and Stormwater Conference – Sponsored by Center for Watershed Protection


Date: April 29-May 2


Location: Charleston, SC


Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Educator’s Symposium and Summit – Sponsored by The Morton Arboretum


Dates:  May 19-22


Location:  Lisle, IL


Contact:  Educators’ Summit Program Chair, Jess Vogt: [email protected]


1st Global i-Tree Science and User Symposium:  Discovering the Value of Your Forest


Dates: June 16-19


Location:  Syracuse, NY


Grey to Green Conference – Sponsored by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


Date: September 30 – October 1


Location:  Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN


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Kerry is the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator for the City of Ann Arbor, MI. She has a BS in Forestry and an MS in Forestry-Urban Studies both from Michigan State University and is an ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist. Prior to working for the City of Ann Arbor, Kerry worked as an urban forester for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assisting communities impacted by the emerald ash borer.