From President David Moore
Around the time of Groundhog Day I read, "Only in America do we accept weather predictions from a rodent but deny climate change evidence from scientists." That one really got me. However you get your weather information, I hope that the warm February temperatures worked to your benefit.
Though the month was short, that didn't hold the NYSUFC back from delivering some great urban forestry coverage which you can find on our website and in this newsletter. We did an exciting original interview with one of our favorite arboriculture researchers, Dr. Ed Gilman. We publicized an interesting research paper on street tree diversity from our very own and beloved Dr. Nina Bassuk. Jennifer Kotary provided a fantastic post about how to prevent the spread of oak wilt, we got to know longtime board member Shawn Spencer, and we publicized Saratoga Tree Nursery sales and school giveaways.
For the warmer parts of New York, March brings the beginning of spring tree planting season. It also brings a NYSUFC board meeting and ongoing planning activities related to the 2017 ReLeaf Conference in Queens on July 13-15. In March I'll be traveling to Buffalo to give a TED talk that will focus on urban forestry and its rising importance as a facet of city planning. I hope to share the video in the future.
If you know of any urban forestry volunteer events or opportunities that you'd like to share in our network, or have an idea for a blog post, please reach out to our editor Michelle (email@example.com). Just like the TED tagline says, your ideas are "ideas worth spreading."
If you haven't renewed your membership for 2017 by now, here is a friendly nudge!
Wishing you well,