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     TAKING ROOT  October 2015

On the Blog:
20-plus Years of Bare Root: An Update
& free Urban Horticulture Institute Webinars

Please share your community's bare root experiences with us! Nina Bassuk is collecting information about what species worked well for you bare root. Also, fall vs. spring and caliper size. Send anecdotes and stats to


From President David Moore 

To our delight, October heralds the fall tree planting season across the Empire State. Last month I mentioned opportunities for urban forestry volunteer days, and since then I’ve signed up for a couple myself and invited some friends to join the fun. If you are still looking for an opportunity in your area, don’t hesitate to ask NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program Manager Mary Kramarchyk (
In other news, we’ve signed a contract for our new Council/Taking Root website, and its development is underway. We look forward to communication improvements that will help us serve our constituency and make our network more fun and engaging. 
You may have heard that our partner, ACTrees, has strategically merged with the Arbor Day Foundation. Now ACTrees will have a much more sustainable funding model which will lead to sustainable services as an Arbor Day Foundation program. We hope to hear more on this topic from ACTrees board members via the Taking Root blog in the near future.
As you read this, urban forestry heroes across New York State have completed Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) training, which took place Sept 30 - Oct 1. These expertly trained arborist-volunteers are qualified at assessing and documenting tree damage and cost of clean-up, which enables communities to apply for federal reimbursements. If you want to learn more about this important program, contact Mary Kramarchyk
(, read the interesting recent Taking Root blog post about UFST, or check out the UFST website
Happy planting!
David Moore


Region 8 ReLeaf Workshop 
EAB Death Curve: The Science Behind Ash Treatment and Mortality  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 
North Chili, NY 
Speakers: Dr. Dan Herms, OSU 
Chris Luley, Urban Forestry LLC
Garrett Koplun, NY DEC 
Get more info and register here

Round 13 of the NYS DEC Urban & Community Forestry Cost-Share Grants is Coming!

Keep your eyes peeled to the DEC U&CF Website for the announcement later this fall.  

Also on the Blog

The Story of the Urban Forest Strike Teams 


Developing Creative Community Forestry Partnerships

NY Urban Forestry Luminaries Nina Bassuk, Chris Luley, and Dave Nowak Receive ISA Awards 

New Helen Sternberg Cutler Urban Forestry Scholarship at SUNY ESF


Calling all tree-lovers!

This year, NYC Parks is counting and mapping all the beautiful street trees that grace our city, and we need your help. Sign up to become a voluntreer for TreesCount! 2015 to play a key role in the future of our urban forest – and earn ISA credits!

With just a few short weeks until the end of public data collection on October 15th, the city is currently just over 40% mapped. We need your help to collect the rest of the data!

Sign up to be a voluntreer, and you will be trained to use the TreeKIT mapping methodology, provided with a foldable guide to identifying street trees, and receive 3 continuing education credits from ISA as a certified arborist or municipal specialist. 

The end of public data collection is just around the corner. Help us make these last few weeks count!

Please visit to sign up, or contact us at with any questions.

Lori Brockelbank & TEAM NY Need Help 
Reaching Goal for the 2015 Tour des Trees 

The 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.

NYSUFC Treasurer Lori Brockelbank will be riding as part of TEAM NY, which you can support here. A donation of any amount would be appreciated. You can learn more about the Tour and Lori's past rides here. Let's show Lori and TEAM NY our support!  

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Training (TRAQ) in Oyster Bay (November 16-18) and Rochester (November 19-21).

For particulars, see the NYSA Website

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