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     TAKING ROOT  November 2014 

On the Blog: For NY Communities with New UF Programs: Quick Start Grant Apps Due Dec 2, 2014

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities or non-profits that work in partnership with municipalities to celebrate Arbor Day 2015 and form a shade tree committee within the municipality. 

Message from President Andy Hillman:  

The ReLeaf-NYSUFC          Relationship

New York ReLeaf and New York State Urban Forestry Council—are they parts of the same entity? Are they different organizations? How do they interact? This is sometimes confusing even to those of us who have been involved in urban and community forestry in New York State for a while.

New York State Urban Forestry Council is a 501(c) (3) with a primary mission of education to help create a healthy urban forest throughout New York State. The Council is a non-profit corporation with open, dues-paying membership that includes individuals, municipalities, non-profits, and corporations. The Council supports NY ReLeaf efforts.

NY ReLeaf, which pre-dates the Council, encompasses regional committees in most of the nine NYSDEC regions from Long Island (Region 1) to the Niagara Frontier (Region 9). The committees are loosely organized groups of volunteers that sponsor local urban forestry workshops and other educational activities. They can also host the annual NY ReLeaf Conference, which is where the official annual meeting of the New York State Urban Forestry Council takes place. The Council is the primary sponsor of the NY ReLeaf Conference. That certainly can add to the confusion! 

The Council fulfills its mission in part by supporting the workshops hosted by the NY ReLeaf committees. Information about these workshops can be found in TAKING ROOT. The Council not only publicizes these educational opportunities, it also serves the committees financially by maintaining separate funds for each of the regions. These events provide valuable continuing education for planning and zoning boards, certified arborists and foresters, licensed pesticide applicators, and more.

This year, there have been many excellent urban forestry related workshops across the state. I recently had the pleasure of participating in two that were held in Region 3, which encompasses much of the Hudson River Valley. The first was a NY ReLeaf workshop about tree inventories held in Newburgh at the beautiful SUNY Orange facility overlooking the Hudson. The second, a week later, was sponsored by the Village of Mamaroneck on Long Island Sound and concerned green infrastructure. Although the latter was not a NY ReLeaf workshop, many of the participants and organizers are also active in NY ReLeaf and it was supported by the Regional Office of the NYSDEC.

It is no wonder that people have questions about the relationships among NY ReLeaf, New York State Urban Forestry Council, the annual NY ReLeaf Conference, and the NYSDEC Urban Forestry Program. I hope this synopsis sheds light on what might be described as the interconnected web of urban and community forestry in New York State.
—Andy Hillman,

Also on the Blog in November ... 

NYS DEC Cost Share Grants and the Fayetteville Example 

Nina Bassuk on the Early Days of our Council 

Behind the Scenes of the Bassuk-Trowbridge Landscape 

Nina Recommends Maclura pomifera 'White Shield' 


ReLeaf Workshops: Save the Dates

Capital District Releaf is sponsoring “Topics in Urban Forestry: Protecting Local Trees from Threats, Invasives, Forest Health, and Risk Tree Management" 
Friday, December 19, 2014,
The Discovery Center - Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY 
contact Sally Kellogg for more information, 518-402-9413
Western New York–Region 9 Releaf is presenting “Winter Tree ID–Identifying Trees in the Dormant State" and "Tree Autopsy-Assessing Urban Trees for Decay"
Friday, December 12, 2014 
Buffalo and Erie County Botanic Garden,  
2655 S Park Ave, Buffalo, NY,
contact Sally Kellogg for more information, 518-402-9413

Arbor Day Poster Entries Due Dec 18!

Details HERE 

Free CEU Opp:
Urban Forestry Today
 Webcast Series

Greening the Urban Forest with Conifers
Thursday, November 6, 2014
12-1 p.m. (EDT)

Although the benefits of coniferous trees are numerous and well-known, from wildlife habitat, to screening, to rainfall interception, their use as urban trees may be limited and uncommon.  Join Casey Clapp, arborist and recent UMass grad, as he outlines the research about the benefits of urban conifers and discusses their uses as living components of green infrastructure in the built environment.  
To attend, visit and enter the ID code # 361-264-823
This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.

Save the Date: Webinar on Thursday Dec 4 from 12-1 p.m.: Roots, Trees, and the Urban Environment 
For more information, contact:
Rick Harper
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association, University of Massachusetts Extension, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.


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