Helpful Forestry & Environment Information

Wood Chips & Compost  
Tree Care 
Trellis Rust: Affectin Pear Trees in Southeast Michigan
Tree Preservation Ordinance  
Insects & Diseases  
Public Tree Management Plan  
DTE Line Clearing  
Urban Deer Population                   
ITC Vegetation Management  
Concerns Regarding Environmental Practices  
Choosing Native Trees and Shrubs for Your Michigan Landscape 

Mulch Tips

Mulch Out Not Up and Mulch Volcanoes Kill

Healthy Environment Tips & Classes

MSU Eco-Friendly Landscaping for Water Quality Workshop - Tuesday, April 16, 2019
SOCWA Healthy Lawn Care Tips
Fall Fertilizing Tips 
Fall Composting 
Outdoor Water Conservation 
Drought Tolerant Plants 
Alternative Hardscaping Ideas for Stormwater Infiltration 

2017 Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute 

The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute (LSLI) provides a unique and intensive leadership development opportunity for citizens, local leaders, and water resource professionals who wish to develop technical and people skills needed by leaders who can effectively protect Michigan’s lakes and streams.

Participants in the 2017 LSLI will have the chance to learn by doing, including donning waders and studying fish, insects and habitat in a river and conducting water quality testing on a lake. Classroom sessions will involve leadership and science lectures and discussion with experts from across Michigan. A breadth of topics will be covered including conflict resolution and effective communication, flora and fauna found in Michigan wetlands and regulations in place to protect them, lake and stream ecology, and watershed management techniques to protect and preserve lakes and streams.

As part of this experience, participants also apply their new knowledge and skills by completing an independent project. Past projects include developing and delivering an educational program about the benefits of natural shorelines for lakefront residents, investigating and promoting the construction of a boat washing station to prevent introduction of aquatic invasive species, and training elementary teachers how to explore lakes and streams with students.

The institute is conducted in three in-person sessions that include classroom learning and field experiences. There will also be an online learning component to the institute. The sessions will be held: 

  • June 2-3: Kettunen Center, near Cadillac
  • August 18-19: Kellogg Biological Station, near Kalamazoo
  • October 6: Michigan State University, East Lansing

Institute sponsors cover a large portion of the costs. The participant registration fee is $400. Scholarships are available. Applications and additional program details are available on the MSU Extension Lake and Stream Leaders Institute program page. The application deadline is March 30, 2017. For more information about LSLI, contact Dr. Jo Latimore at Michigan State University: or 517-432-1491. The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute is sponsored by Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., Michigan State University Extension, and the Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and is endorsed by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership.

Submit Concerns Regarding Environmental Practices

If you wish to question or report an environmental practice you have witnessed, please see the following contact information:

City of Birmingham
Paul O'Meara, City Engineer: (248) 530-1836 or

Oakland County 
Contact the Oakland County Health Division at 248-858-1280, or call Oakland County's 24-Hour Pollution Hotline at 248-858-0931.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Assistance Center
For information, questions, or if you would like to comment or express your concerns regarding a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issue, please call 1-800-662-9278 or email DEQ's Environmental Assistance Center. Please include your contact information in your email so that staff may respond to you. You may also call the DEQ's Pollution Emergency Alert System 24-hour hotline to report pollution emergencies at (800) 292-4706.