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     TAKING ROOT  November 2016

Blog: Getting to Know CCE Educator Vinnie Drzewucki 


From President David Moore 


Last week, the Council Executive Committee had a productive meeting and on November 3rd, the full Board will meet via video-conference from various DEC offices across the state. Sustaining a collaborative partnership that spans hundreds of miles is sometimes challenging, but the diversity and strength of the leadership that comes from every region of New York State makes it all worth it. Though we only see each other face to face a few times a year (by videoconference or in person), the meetings help fire up the inspiration it takes to continue our volunteer service throughout the year.

Since the Board updated the Council's 5-Year Strategic Plan two years ago, it is great to see how much progress has taken place in pursuing the Plan's objectives. One goal we set was to start posting urban forestry management plans on our website; we're up to 13 of them collected there that serve as quality examples for communities who don't yet have plans in place.

We encourage all members of the Council, whether on the Board or not, to pursue and document projects or individual efforts that align with the 5-year plan. We'd love to share your stories on the Council blog and in this newsletter--they will serve as inspiration and resources to other practitioners across our state and beyond. As they say, "Teamwork makes the dream work."

Thanks everyone for all your hard work across our beautiful state!  

Happy reading,
David Moore


Also on the Blog: Urban Forestry Master Plans Across New York, Submit Photography for Arbor Day Contest, DEC Tackles Southern Pine Beetle on Long Island, Buffalo's 2006 "October Surprise" Snowstorm and Ten Years of Replanting


Trees & Sidewalk Conflicts 
Location: Buffalo      Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hear about some common conflicts that arise between street trees and sidewalks, as well as some solutions to better manage your urban forest. This workshop will include indoor presentations and an outdoor tour and demonstration. Dress for the weather. The workshop is for professional arborists, landscapers, municipal staff, foresters and tree enthusiasts. Brochure

Back to Basics: A Half-Day Workshop about Tree Planting
Location: North Chili (near Rochester)        Friday, November 4, 2016 

Get back to the basics in this workshop. Professionals and beginners alike are welcome. The workshop will focus on choosing an appropriate tree species, how to evaluate your soil health, and the proper planting technique for ball-and-burlap trees and bare-root trees. Brochure 

Managing Street Trees: What You Should Know For Success

December 15, 2016 -- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Westchester County Center 198 Central Avenue White Plains

Featured speakers include Nina Bassuk and Mary Kramarchyk


Sponsored by: Westchester County Department of Planning, Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County
Cost-Share Grants A new round of DEC-administered urban forestry grants will be available in 2017. Go to the Cost-Share Grant site to see documents from the previous round to plan for the next application period and to sign up to receive a notice when the next grant application period officially opens. 

Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest 

Fifth grade students are encouraged to design and submit an original poster depicting this year's theme, "Defend New York's Forests." Posters are due to your NYS Regional DEC Office by December 23, 2016. More info about the contest here. 

SMA and Partners Conferences 
2016 Society of Municipal Arborists Conference November 14-15 & Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 16-17
Indianapolis, Indiana

More Info and Registration  

 Society of Municipal Arborists

Municipal Forestry Institute

February 19-24, 2017
Lake Arrowhead, CA
View information here
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