Municipal Forestry Institute - Application Deadline July 31st

4:00PM 12PM

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

The Municipal Forestry Institute(MFI) is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow more successful community tree programs. Master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development.

Why should you attend?
This is a unique leadership and professional development opportunity you won’t find elsewhere. A team of dedicated urban forestry professionals from across North America will help you gain insights in to how you can move from a good urban forestry program to a great one. You will have the opportunity to learn from and network with urban forestry professionals from large cities and small towns, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. MFI is an investment in your professional future - one that could pay great dividends to you and your city.

MFI is designed for people who plan, manage, and administer urban forestry programs and who want to become more effective leaders and managers. Past MFI classes have included over 500 City Foresters and City Arborists, Urban Foresters, Municipal Arborists, Planners, Tree Wardens, State Urban Forestry Staffs, Municipal Tree Advocates and urban forestry non-profit program managers.

MFI is an intensive learning experience. You must be able to attend from 4 pm on Sunday until noon on Friday. There are daily breaks and group events to break up the time.. Your full attendance will be required at every session. Partial attendance is not possible and pets, partners, and dependents or guests cannot be accommodated at MFI.

The MFI instructional staff comes with decades of experience in all phases of urban forestry, at the municipal, state, federal, private, and non-profit levels. Most MFI teaching teams have over 100 years combined urban forestry expertise.

The curriculum was developed by a team of urban forestry professionals and educators with dozens of years experience in leading urban forestry programs at the local, state, federal, and non-profit levels. There are four major components of the MFI curriculum:

  • Developing A Leadership Approach To Your Position
  • Thinking and Planning Strategically to Advance Urban Forestry Programs
  • Working Effectively with Boards, Coalitions, and Non-Profit Organizations
  • Managing the Relationship Between People and Trees

The curriculum is presented in a variety of formats including lectures, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, group exercises, and real-life scenarios.

The Pre-Institute is an online forum of readings, videos and discussions that takes place the month before MFI. Through a collaborative effort of SMA and Rutgers Urban Forestry Program the MFI Pre-Institute is a 4 week short course to introduce you to leadership concepts you will be expanding upon during your week in MFI. The pre-institute will be hosted by Rutgers Urban Forestry on Canvas; a well known educational management platform with models for each week with videos and discussion boards to interact with fellow classmates and cadre members. Participants who complete the Pre-Institute before attending MFI will already be acquainted with other MFI participants and cadre members and have an understanding of the foundational course principles.

The following CEU options are available:

  • ISA CA, BCMA, Municipal Specialist
  • SAF Certified Forester
  • APA/AICP Certified Planner

Registration Details
The all-inclusive registration investment covers the following:

  • Food and lodging for 5 nights and 6 days
  • Course materials, including a Learning Journal workbook, worksheets and group exercises.
  • Transportation to and from the Detroit Airport to Bowling Green, Ohio.

Registration Investment:

  • $2299 USD for SMA members
  • $2399 UDS non SMA members
    Registration does not include travel. Scholarships may be available.

Organizers and Sponsors
The MFI is a program of the Society of Municipal Arborists, and is organized in cooperation with other groups such as the Southern University and the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program.