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     TAKING ROOT  December 2014 

On the Blog: Mike Duran-Mitchell Live-Tweets the Partners in Community Forestry Conference

The ever-winsome NYRP's Mike Duran-Mitchell live-tweets and reflects on the recent PCF conference in Charlotte, NC. 

Message from President Andy Hillman:  

A Watershed Year

This has been a watershed year for the Council. 2014 has been a year of growth and expansion in the ways we fulfill our mission.

Taking Root has become a monthly electronic newsletter and weekly blog, rather than three printed newsletters per year. The feedback I have received has been all positive. Members have found this exciting new format very useful and informative. If that has been the case with you, please post, tweet, and forward Taking Root to help get our message out.

In 2014 we produced our first annual report (for 2013) and began a new strategic plan. The New York State Urban Forestry Council has assisted the NY ReLeaf committees with many educational workshops across the state. Region 1 hosted a fantastic annual conference at Hofstra University. We are already hard at work on the 2015 NY ReLeaf conference which will be in Syracuse at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Once again, we participated in Forestry Awareness Day in the state capital. We have also reaffirmed our partnership in the Council of Forest Resource Organizations (CFRO).

We now administer a small Arbor Day grant program for the NYSDEC. This grant program helps small communities without any of the Tree City USA criteria to start moving toward that designation. This is a huge development that is in alignment with our Vision Statement that says in part, “…every community in New York State will recognize the value of trees…”.

I encourage you all to re-commit to our efforts. Please go to our website now and
renew your membership in the NYSUFC. Thank you, and Happy Holidays! 
 —Andy Hillman,

Also on the Blog ... 

The Cornell Woody Plants Database: Indispensable Tool for Urban Foresters 

Reflections on the SMA's 50th Anniversary and Charlotte Conference 
Cost-Share Grant Stories: Village of Scottsville, including advice for applicants
Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: American Smoketree (Cotinus obovatus

ReLeaf Workshops in December

Capital District ReLeaf is sponsoring “Topics in Forest Health: Identifying Threats, Prevention & Mitigation,Tree Hazards & Care, and Prioritizing Risks."  
Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Discovery Center - Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Albany, NY 
Scheduled speakers: Jerry Carlson, Joel Hecht, Andy Hillman, Brian Skinner, and Dr. Mark Whitmore
contact Sally Kellogg for more information, 518-402-9413 or Register HERE
Western New York–Region 9 Releaf is presenting “Winter Tree ID–Identifying Trees in the Dormant State" and "Tree Autopsy-Assessing Urban Trees for Decay"
Instructors are Tom Draves, President of Draves Tree Service and Chris Luley, PhD, of Urban Forestry LLC 
Friday, December 12, 2014, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanic Garden,  
2655 S Park Ave, Buffalo, NY,
contact Sally Kellogg for more information, 518-402-9413 or Register HERE




Arbor Day Poster Entries Due Dec 18!

Details HERE 

Free CEU Opp:
Urban Forestry Today
 Webcast Series

Thursday Dec 4 from 12-1 p.m.
Roots, Trees, and the Urban Environment 
According to research, most landscape plant health problems are related to what is taking place below ground.  Join Taryn Bauerle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, as she outlines what we have discovered - and don't yet know - about the occurrences related to tree roots in the urban soil environment.   

To attend, visit and enter the ID code # 720-007-543

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.


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