Free PSA- Importance of Forestry to Michigan

New Videos Show Importance of Forestry to Michigan

Innovative forest management brings new opportunities and lasting value

Ann Arbor, Mich. and Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Sustainable Resources Alliance (SRA) and Spalted Banjo Consulting (SBC) are determined to spread the word about the benefits that forestry can provide for Michigan’s landowners, even in the more urban parts of the state. Two new videos from this partnership, Active Forest Management: Protecting Michigan’s Forests for the Future and Urban Wood in Michigan connect viewers with the value of trees, both while they are living and once they are dead.

The downloadable, higher-quality versions are available on Vimeo:

Traditional Forestry

Urban Wood in Michigan

The video series was produced as a capstone for Spalted Banjo Consulting’s recent wood harvest and utilization demonstration project with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan (LCWM). Supported by SRA via a USDA Forest Service grant, SBC used traditional forestry techniques to assist restoration activities on two of the Land Conservancy’s properties. At Brower Lake Nature Preserve, the team removed low-quality pine trees that were hampering the site’s biodiversity and potentially endangering recreational trail ways. At The Highlands, hazardous dead ash trees were removed from the converted golf course. At both sites, wood from the removed trees was recovered and milled, which is not a typical practice on conservation properties. By producing pine fence posts and ash lumber as a byproduct of their restoration activities, the LCWM was able to extend its resource conservation ethic even further.

Westbound Productions, a sustainable production company located in West Michigan, worked with SBC to develop the two videos, both which address many public misconceptions about Michigan’s forestry industry. The videos discuss why both traditional and urban forests should be managed, how forestry practices can support conservation, and how surprisingly, wood from urban trees can live on in high-end products. “As a business owner, who cares deeply about preserving our forests, I learned a lot about the role foresters and loggers play as natural resource managers through working on this project,” explains Tyler Wiewiora, Owner of Westbound Productions. He said, “Understanding and allowing sustainable forestry and logging practices is key to maintaining the health of our environment.”

In response, Margaret Miller, owner of Spalted Banjo Consulting, LLC, commented, “Just as Tyler learned a lot about forestry through filming these videos, similarly, I hope these videos can help all Michigan residents better understand how innovative forest management brings new opportunities and lasting value to our state’s forests and people.”

Both videos are available for public viewing on the website of the Michigan Urban Wood Network: http://miurbanwoodnetwork.com/more. Spalted Banjo Consulting (http://spaltedbanjo.com) is a natural resource and small business consulting company with a mission of helping landowners, nonprofits, municipalities, and other organizations with effective and sustainable resource management.

Media Contact:

Jessica Simons, Project Manager

on behalf of Sustainable Resources Alliance

Phone: (734) 707-1949
Email: jessica.simons@semircd.org

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Fall Station Tour Stops

The 2018 Fall Station Tour, in Monroe Michigan, will showcase many different PEG Studios. The studio will include:

We’ll also stop for a lunch break and have a round table Tip or Trick discussion on what your station has done to make their production work easier.

Hotel accommodation include:

o   Phone: (734) 242-6000

o   Phone:734-289-5700

o   Phone: (734) 639-1701

Thank you to MPACT & the City of Monroe for hosting the 2018 tour! More information TBA!

Save the Date_Fall Station Tour_2018

AND You’re Also Invited to…
Join us for this annual joint meeting with Michigan NATOA at a special discounted rate for Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM Members

MAB Great Lakes Media Show- Engaging with the World at Our Fingertips Conference on Wednesday, March 7 2018 at the Lansing Center, Lansing Michigan

Schedule of Michigan NATOA/ACM Sessions

Registration only $40 includes lunch

Each year, Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM collaborate to bring together sessions as part of the MAB Conference. In return, our members receive a huge discount for attending.

8:00 am: Registration and Exhibits Open- Sponsored by Patrick Communications

8:30 am: Keynote Session
Caroline Beasley, Beasley Media Inc.
Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacapps
Larry Patrick, Patrick Communications

9:50 am: Innovation Break featuring LiveU, Inc.

10:10 am Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media

The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live. What happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.
Speakers:
Rina Risper; President and Publisher, The New Citizens Press
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism
 

11:00 am: Innovation Break featuring Advanced Lighting and Sound

11:30 am Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques

Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways money can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what about grants? First, how do you find them and second, how do you write an award winning grant? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and help navigate where to find sources of revenue.
Speaker: Matt Schuster; Executive Producer, Public Media Network

12:30 pm: Main Luncheon and 2018 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards- Co-Sponsored by OK 2 Day and Michigan Restaurant Association

2:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair Opens

2:00 pm: Innovation Break featuring Michigan Drone Pros

2:30 pm Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling

The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips. We no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who can help share their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience and their story through social. In this session you will learn how to engage community members through various digital techniques.
Speakers:
Erin Cornett; Social Media Specialist, Meridian Township,
Kevin Neil Smith; Multimedia Producer, Independence Television and
Michelle Oliver; Multimedia Journalist, WDIV

3:30 pm: Innovation Break featuring Lectrosonics- MAB foundation 50/50 drawing

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content with One Tool

An increasing number of facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can you meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping communities informed? In this season, you will learn 101 ways to repurpose content; including a handout showing how easy it is to share one story 101 different ways using one tool.
Speakers:
Brandie Yates, Executive Producer, HOMTV and
Sherri Powers; Director of Marketing, TechSmith Corporation 

 Or attend

4:00 pm Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

Fall Station Tour- Save the Date!

Save the Date- Friday, October 12, 2018! The 2018 Michigan ACM Fall Station Tour will be in Monroe with more information TBA!

Save the Date_Fall Station Tour_2018

AND You’re Also Invited to…
Join us for this annual joint meeting with Michigan NATOA at a special discounted rate for Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM Members

MAB Great Lakes Media Show- Engaging with the World at Our Fingertips Conference on Wednesday, March 7 2018 at the Lansing Center, Lansing Michigan

Schedule of Michigan NATOA/ACM Sessions

Registration only $40 includes lunch

Each year, Michigan NATOA and Michigan ACM collaborate to bring together sessions as part of the MAB Conference. In return, our members receive a huge discount for attending.

8:00 am: Registration and Exhibits Open- Sponsored by Patrick Communications

8:30 am: Keynote Session
Caroline Beasley, Beasley Media Inc.
Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media/jacapps
Larry Patrick, Patrick Communications

9:50 am: Innovation Break featuring LiveU, Inc.

10:10 am Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media

The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live. What happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.
Speakers:
Rina Risper; President and Publisher, The New Citizens Press
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., Professor, MSU School of Journalism
 

11:00 am: Innovation Break featuring Advanced Lighting and Sound

11:30 am Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques

Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways money can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what about grants? First, how do you find them and second, how do you write an award winning grant? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and help navigate where to find sources of revenue.
Speaker: Matt Schuster; Executive Producer, Public Media Network

12:30 pm: Main Luncheon and 2018 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards- Co-Sponsored by OK 2 Day and Michigan Restaurant Association

2:00 pm: Career & Networking Fair Opens

2:00 pm: Innovation Break featuring Michigan Drone Pros

2:30 pm Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling

The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips. We no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who can help share their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience and their story through social. In this session you will learn how to engage community members through various digital techniques.
Speakers:
Erin Cornett; Social Media Specialist, Meridian Township,
Kevin Neil Smith; Multimedia Producer, Independence Television and
Michelle Oliver; Multimedia Journalist, WDIV

3:30 pm: Innovation Break featuring Lectrosonics- MAB foundation 50/50 drawing

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content with One Tool

An increasing number of facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can you meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping communities informed? In this season, you will learn 101 ways to repurpose content; including a handout showing how easy it is to share one story 101 different ways using one tool.
Speakers:
Brandie Yates, Executive Producer, HOMTV and
Sherri Powers; Director of Marketing, TechSmith Corporation 

 Or attend

4:00 pm Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

2018 MAB Great Lakes Media Show

Join us for the Michigan ACM/NATOA Joint Luncheon on

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

At the end of the day, we will have a joint meeting with

Michigan ACM & NATOA members. All events take place at The Lansing Center.

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $40

Sign up through the Great Lakes Media Show Registration 2018 page and select the NATOA/ACM/AMCAI tab.

Itinerary  (online schedule, click here):

8- 10 a.m. Registration Opens

10:10 AM- Session I: Representing Diversity in Community Media
The past few years has seen an increase in discussion over diversity in media. Are the stories being told in your community being accurately represented? Media helps construct the perception in which we live, what happens when media omits or distorts a whole group of people? In this session we explore race, gender and other social issues and how we can better represent diversity.

11:30 AM- Session II: Where to Find Grants and Grant Writing Techniques
Cable cord cutting is one of the biggest scares community media centers have when it comes to sustaining funds to keep centers operational. There are several ways funds can be raised to contribute financially for organizations but what grants? First, how do you find them and second, how to write it? This session will help media centers learn grant writing techniques and navigate through finding sources of revenue.

2:30 PM- Session III: Engage Your Audience Through Social Storytelling
The social world is becoming ever more present in our everyday lives. Stories are at our finger tips, we no longer have to wait for the 6 O’Clock News or wait for a monthly subscription to come out; it’s instantaneous. In this session we will learn how to engage our community members with sharing their story. Not everyone uses media in the same manner, nor is captured by it. By using mixed media, you’re reaching a more diverse and wider audience who will help tell their story. With cable cord cutting become ever more relevant, it is now more important than ever to capture your audience through social.

4:00 PM- Session IV: Joint meeting Michigan ACM and Michigan NATOA

4:00 pm Session IV: 101 Ways to Repurpose Content
More and more facilities and news organizations are doing more with less; yet demand is ever increasing. How can we meet the multiple platform demands at our fingertips while staying relevant and keeping our communities informed?

***speakers subject to change

Contacts for more information:

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, President of MIACM Aschlundt-bodien@a2gov.org

Deborah Guthrie, President of MINATOA Guthrie@meridian.mi.us

New Board Members for 2018-2020 Term

I’m happy to announce, we have a new group of board members for the 2018-2020 term! Thank you Dale Germinder, from Access Vision, for being our election chair and congrats to our new board members, see below!  It’s also that time of year to turn in your 2018 membership (click here to go to the Membership Page) and save some money before Jan. 1, 2018.

Annual memberships pricing :

  • $15 Individual Membership (before Jan. 1)
  • $30 Organizational Membership* (before Jan. 1)
  • $20 Individual Membership (After Jan. 1)
  • $45 Organizational Membership* (After Jan. 1)

Michigan Alliance for Community Media 2017 Board Election Results for 2018-2020 Term

PRESIDENT

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien               

VICE PRESIDENT

Millard Beaudry                       

SECRETARY

Ian Locke                         

TREASURER

Ted Diedrich                      

AT LARGE MEMBERS 

Nick Eppinga                                

Joe Torrence                                  

Stephan Merk                          

TOTAL VOTES CAST  – 22

Supporting PEG Access, Michigan communities and free speech!

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