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     TAKING ROOT  November 2015

On the Blog:

NYS DEC Cost-Share Grants: The Trees New York Example

How did Trees New York use their cost-share grant dollars, and what advice can they offer communities and nonprofits who are thinking about applying in the next round? 


From President David Moore 


This past month, New York City planted the millionth tree of its MilliontreesNYC campaign (though the official ceremony is yet to come). The initiative brought urban forestry into the limelight both locally and nationally. This is a major win for our state and our industry as a whole, demonstrating the potential of private-public partnerships and how to work together beyond the limits of our particular organizations:
At the roots of the MillionTreesNYC initiative were the volunteers who helped conduct the city’s street tree census. The US Forest Service (USFS) took that tree inventory data and computed the monetary value and benefits of those trees using STRATUM (now known as i-Tree Streets). The local government examined the USFS reports and recognized the investment value of planting trees, which led them to organizing programs and resources to facilitate more planting. Non-profit partners received grants and found corporate sponsors so they could lead planting efforts wherever the government could not. Many researchers, activists, advocates, and volunteers joined the ranks to add their specialized talents to the planting efforts. 
The momentum caught on, inspiring major tree planting campaigns in other cities across the nation. Along the way, many friends and partners were made, experiments were executed, research was conducted, and management practices were streamlined and updated. We’d see urban forestry PSAs in midtown Manhattan, on the subway, and hear them on the local radio. The volume and diversity of the work led to many new exciting discoveries that will pay us back for years. At the end of it all, our city is a greener and healthier place to live.
The beautiful thing about our industry is that when one or some of us succeed, we all benefit, because we all live on the same planet and are working towards improving the same environment. So making professional partnerships “outside the box” is typically a really good thing! Do you have a story about urban forestry partnership that you would like to share? Please do! Send it to our editor, Michelle Sutton (
I hope you are enjoying your Fall planting season!

David Moore


Region 3 ReLeaf Workshop 
Roots to Wires: Managing Conflicts   

Friday, November 13, 2015 
New Paltz, NY 
Roots to Wires: Managing Conflicts

This is a workshop for professional, arborists, landscapers, municipal staff, foresters and tree enthusiasts with a holistic approach to managing and improving a community forest. Early registration is due by November 5, 2015.
Speakers: Barb Neal, CCE  
James Kaechele, New York Tree Trust 
Mark Beamish, Orange & Rockland Utilities 


Long Island ReLeaf Workshop 
Forest Health: Preventing, Preparing for, and Recovering from Invasive Insects 

Friday, December 4, 2015 
Lindenhurst, NY 

The workshop includes several lectures discussing insects directly affecting Long Island’s forest health, as well as methods to create a healthier, more diverse urban forest to limit the impact caused by future invaders. 
Register by November 25th. 

Nick Bates, CCE
Rob Cole & Mary Kramarchyk, NYSDEC
Joan Mahoney, NYS DAM 
Vincent Simeone, Planting Fields Arboretum 
Rob Walsh, USDA APHIS 


Also on the Blog

Getting to Know Rebecca Hargrave


Transplanting and a Deeper Look at "Fall Hazards"

NYS DEC's First Urban Forestry Intern, Laura Grant 


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.  

  2016 Arbor Day Poster
  Contest Underway! 

The theme is "New York's Un-FIR-Gettable Forests" Submissions due by Jan 7, 2016

See Contest Guidelines

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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