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     TAKING ROOT  October 2014 

On the Blog: NYC Parks Dept City Forester Bill Schmidt Reflects on the Sept 21 Climate Change March

"Perhaps I'm being naive or overly optimistic, but I felt that maybe, just maybe, the movement may have finally reached critical mass. It could be the tipping point we've been hoping for ... "   READ BILL's POST HERE

Photo at left by Julie Welsh

Message from President Andy Hillman:  


Here is what our editor Michelle and I call my monthly micro-message (mmm). I try to write concisely about a topic of importance and encourage further exploration by the reader. I hope it works!

Recently I have traveled by car throughout New England and New York. The early fall color has seemed especially vibrant and the weather has been cooperative for leaf peeping. I have noticed the ash trees more than usual due to my awareness of their potential (likely) demise due to emerald ash borer, or EAB. Many scientists and practitioners believe that ash will all but disappear from our forests and therefore our fall palette of foliage. The reddish purples of white ash trees and the gold and yellow of green ash will be missing in the near future.

At a New York ReLeaf workshop in September in Dewitt, NY, I learned of what researchers are calling “the lingering ash project.” Studies are being conducted about why some ash trees have survived, raising hope for discovery of EAB resistant ash trees. There is still much to learn about why these trees, some near the Detroit epicenter of the infestation, have survived for over a decade while nearby ash trees were wiped out by the infestation.

Steve Cothrel, a past president of the Society of Municipal Arborists and forester for Upper Arlington, OH, declared a decade ago that ash tree resistance to EAB will probably not be found in a cloned cultivar on city streets, but rather in the genetic variety found in our forests. Steve’s prophesy may come true; at least I hope so.

Here is a link to start your investigation.  

 —Andy Hillman,

Also on the Blog in September ... 

At the 2014 ReLeaf Conference in July at Hofstra University, CCE Nassau County Horticulture Educator Vinnie Drzewucki (pron. “Sha-VOOT-ski”) gave an engaging talk on “Breaking the Fear of Trees: How to Help the Public Overcome their Dendrophobia.” He graciously shares the highlights of his talk here on the blog. Thanks, Vinnie!

Western Fingerlakes ReLeaf Workshop:
"Helping Your Community Branch Out" 

October 15th 2014 – 9:30am to 2:30pm
Location: Livingston County Office of Emergency Management, 3360 Gypsy Lane, Mt Morris, NY 14510

Topics include:  Developing a Municipal Tree Board and Ordinance, DEC Urban Forestry Grants, Tree Inventories, EAB Update  


Directions - Gypsy Lane off State Route 63 just south of State Route 408
Registration: Fee of $15 per person or free admission for NYS Urban Forestry Council Members until October 8th. Fee is then $25 per person or $10 for Council Members. Municipal vouchers accepted. Lunch is provided. No refunds – but substitutions will be allowed.
This workshop is sponsored by Western Finger Lakes ReLeaf and NYS DEC Urban Forestry. 
CE Credits: Applying for ISA, CNLP 

Please see brochure/registration form here for further information.

Region 3-Sponsored Workshop
"Inventories: Trees Count" 

October 17th 2014 – 8:30am to 2:45pm
Location: Orange County Community College, Kaplan Hall, One Washington Center Newburgh, NY 12550

Topics include:  Overview of Types of Inventories (John Parry) and Success Stories in the Hudson Valley (Brenda Cagle). Andy Hillman will speak about risk assessment as part of tree inventories, and Don Gabel from the NY Botanical Garden will talk about soil health considerations. 


Fee: $30.00 per person or $20.00 for ReLeaf/UFC Members by 10/08/14. Registration by mail or phone. Municipal vouchers accepted. After 10/08 fee is $40.00 and for walk in registrations. Lunch Included. No refunds but substitutions will be allowed.


Please see brochure/registration form here for further information.


Also on the Blog: TD Bank's Report on the $$ Value of Toronto's Urban Forest is Huge Validation for Urban Forestry READ 

And a restoration of an urban forest and wetland in MO that is a exceptional model of public-private collaboration with nationwide application. READ

Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series
Planting Trees in the Urban Environment
Thursday, October 09, 2014
12-1 p.m. (EDT)

Urban residents are known to feel passionately about community trees and green spaces. Urban Foresters & Arborists often find themselves attempting to plant trees in difficult-to-grow areas fraught with stressful elements that include road salt, pest pressures, pollution and lack of available space. Join Dave Lefcourt, Arborist for the City of Cambridge  as he discusses strategies and tips to enable the successful greening of a community – one tree at a time.
To attend, visit and enter the ID code: #777-787-551. 
This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.
For more information, contact:
Rick Harper
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association, University of Massachusetts Extension, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

New York State Arborists Events 

Join NYSA for another round of TRAQ courses in November. Our TRAQ course in June sold out fast. So, register now for the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Course.  Click here for qualification information and a registration form

Dates & Locations
     ♦ November 17-19, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay (Registration deadline, Oct. 17, 2014)
     ♦ November 20-22, Hilton Garden Inn Pittsford/Rochester (Registration deadline, Oct. 20, 2014)

Course Pricing
Seating is limited to 40 people per location. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
     ♦ ISA member: $625.00 USD
     ♦ Non-member: $750.00 USD

Member pricing is an exclusive benefit to NYSA/ISA members only. You must be a current NYSA/ISA member at the time of registration. All others will be charged non-member registration rates.



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SMA & Partners in Community Forestry 2014 

Charlotte, North Carolina 

SMA Conference: November 3-4

Partners in Community Forestry Conference: November 5-6

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