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     TAKING ROOT  August 2015

On the blog: pics from a superb RELEAF CONFERENCE at SUNY ESF 



From Council President David Moore 

Greetings! As your newly elected Council president, I'm excited to share my first message in TAKING ROOT.

Like many of you, I'm still feeling the wind in my sails after attending the annual ReLeaf conference in Syracuse in July. The Council provides administrative support to the annual ReLeaf conference, which is organized by local volunteers under the guidance of NYS DEC. Many Council members are also ReLeaf members, and our partnership is important and mutually beneficial.

July's conference was amazing! Nowhere else in New York State will you find such a sophisticated presentation of all the facets of urban forestry under one umbrella. This included workshops and teachings on forest health, arboriculture, street tree planting and maintenance, storm water mitigation, green infrastructure, wetland management, green roofs, invasive species management, community engagement and several other important topics. The diversity of subject matter reinforces how we all have different specialties but all share a common mission in improving urban life through forestry-related science and policy. It's always inspiring to see new faces along with the returning members who have developed a reputation through their ongoing participation and contributions over the years.  

I hope you enjoy the ongoing recaps of the annual ReLeaf conference as depicted on our blog and consider attending the 2016 conference, which will be held in Saratoga Springs in July 2016.

As your new president, I welcome you to contact me with your ideas and contributions to our Council. Please email me at I'm looking forward to serving you and your ideas in my presidential term.

Thank you,
David Moore

Also on the Blog

Celebrating the Game-Changing Farm Bill of 1990 
Save the Dates! 

ReLeaf workshop on invasives and replanting: Sept 18 in Bethpage, NY (Long island) 

EAB workshop: 10/14 in Perinton 

Watch the DEC UCF website for particulars
Registration is open! 
New York State Arborists Fall Conference

September 27-28, 2015
Holiday Inn
Liverpool, NY

Education sessions submitted for DEC, ISA and CNLP credits
Complete info HERE 

  STIHL Tour des Trees and Our Own Lori Brockelbank: Next Stop, Orlando! 

2015 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund — October 25 – 31, 2015 — Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the world’s largest fundraiser for tree research and education. This year the riders go to Florida for a week of unforgettable scenery, cycling and camaraderie in the Sunshine State. NYSUFC Treasurer Lori Brockelbank will be riding as part of TEAM NY, which you can support HERE

Urban Forest Strike Team Training Sept 30 - Oct 1 2015 in Syracuse NY. Deadline to apply is Aug 12. For more information contact Sally Kellogg: or Mary Kramarchyk:

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Training (TRAQ) coming to Oyster Bay and Rochester in November. For particulars, see the NYSA Website

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