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     TAKING ROOT  February 2016

On the Blog

Kristy King & NYC Forest Restoration:
Dreaming Big for the City's Natural Areas 


From President David Moore 


We are off to a great start in 2016. Here are a few updates from the Council board's executive committee:

The drafting of the Council's 2015 Annual Report is underway and is scheduled to be completed by our March board meeting. This will be our third consecutive year writing an official annual report. It's a joy to see all of our work, goals, and accomplishments recorded in one place and shared with our colleagues as well as folks across the world who share our mission of the promotion of urban forestry.

At the turn of 2016, the executive committee renewed the contracts of the Council's two main contractors (i.e., staff members), Liana Gooding (executive secretary) and Michelle Sutton (Taking Root editor). Liana, who was hired in 2015, has demonstrated through her hard work and dependability that she is a valuable asset to our organization. Her advanced administrative capabilities and proactive work habits are leading us skillfully into the future. Michelle, who started her work on Taking Root in 2014, has also demonstrated her prowess by taking our communications into the digital age with our weekly blog and monthly newsletter. Our new digital forms of media almost doubled in readership between 2014 and 2015 due to her hard work and ingenuity. We are proud to be working with these two professionals who serve as the backbone of our humble organization.

As I've mentioned before, we've also been working on a website makeover. One feature of this is that the new website will house the Taking Root blog on its home page. The new and improved website is now completely drafted (though still not "live") and we plan to soon start the migration process from the old site to the new. Though we don't have a definite launch-date at this writing, I bring this up again so folks are prepared for a future change and for any potential moments where the website is temporarily unavailable due to the migration taking place.

I hope you enjoy cozy February and the peacefulness that comes with snow, shorter days, and the beauty of winter. Spring is not too far away! Keep your pruners sharp and your boots oiled.



David Moore

Also on the Blog 

Participate in the Reintroduction of the American Chestnut …
by Simply Planting a Few Nuts

Northeast PA’s Bare Root Tree Community Buy: 10,000 and Counting

The Society of Municipal Arborists
2016 Urban Tree of the Year 


     Council News 

Time to Apply for 2016 Arbor Day Community Grants!

The intention of this grant is to help communities begin a community forestry program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities, or non-profits that work in partnership with communities, to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 and form a shade tree committee within the municipality. Applications are due Feb 11, 2016. 

Renew NYSUFC Membership for 2016 

It takes just a minute, it's only $25 for individuals ($10 for students), and it means the world to the Council. 

Annual ReLeaf Conference
July 14-16, 2016
Skidmore College 
Saratoga Springs, New York

Send your Bare Root Stories to Nina Bassuk 
Council Board Member and Director of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell Nina Bassuk ( is seeking data and anecdotal info about your municipality's bare root program. If you are using the bare root method, please tell her what species have done well, at what caliper sizes, in fall vs. spring, etc. Any info is useful!   

CNY Conservancy Winter Lecture #2 at Mohawk Valley Community College

Join certified arborists Terry Hawkridge (above right) and Mike Mahanna on Saturday, February 13 for the second of three lectures scheduled this winter, hosted by the Central New York Conservancy (CNYC).

The lecture runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 116 of the Alumni College Center on the Mohawk Valley Community College campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations to the CNYC are appreciated.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016: Top Thirteen Trees and their Varieties Used in Central New York Landscapes, Their Pests and Problems

Contact:  Peter Falzarine (;315.735.5534) or Susan D. Smith (centralnyconservancy@gmail.com315.725.6172)


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