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     TAKING ROOT  March 2017

Dr. Ed Gilman on Semi-Retirement, the Research Trail He Leaves Behind, and the Nexus of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture


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 ( 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,
David Moore


Blog: Prevent Oak Wilt Spread by Pruning at the Right Time; Get to Know Shawn Spencer; Street Tree Diversity in Three NE States; Saratoga Tree Nursery Sales & Giveaways

Please Take a Moment to Renew Your NYSUFC Membership for 2017 

Only $25 for individuals ($10 for students), and it means the world to the Council. 

Renew HERE and thanks so very much! 

Governor Cuomo Once Again Supports $1 Million for Urban Forestry

Trees for Tribs 

DEC’s Trees for Tribs, as in tributaries, program is currently looking for 2017 spring and fall planting projects!
Please visit our website to learn about this program’s resources and how you can help to replant New York’s streams for improved wildlife habitat, water quality, and climate resiliency:

Workshop March 22 at FLCC in Canandaigua: 

"Oak Wilt: Detecting and Controlling a Lethal Disease" 

ReLeaf 2017: Save the Date! 
July 13-15
St. John's University 
Queens, NY


Save the Date: 2017 SMA and Partners Conferences 
2017 Society of Municipal Arborists Conference November 13-14 & Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 15-16
Tulsa, Oklahoma 


Partners Conference: Call for Proposals (due March 31, 2017)

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