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     TAKING ROOT  May 2016

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2016 NY ReLeaf Conference Preview


From President David Moore 


Greetings! I hope you are having a great spring tree planting season.
Please save the date for the date! The annual NY ReLeaf Conference will be July 14-16, 2016 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. July will be here before we know it. Once the registration brochure is formalized, we'll have that available on our website ( You can see a conference preview on the blog.
On the topic of websites, we are still tinkering away with minor changes, tweaks, and additions to to increase its capabilities and ease of use. If you have any feedback or ideas about the website, please email me your thoughts.
Another cool accomplishment: the NYSUFC recently partnered with PSEG Long Island to provide 1,000 free trees to homeowners for the sake of reducing their energy bills! A blog post that recaps this experience will be forthcoming.
Good luck with the rest of your spring planting season!



David Moore

Historic Victory in Albany!
Governor Cuomo approved $1 Million for Urban Forestry in FY 2016-2017 as part of a historic $300 million Environmental Protection Fund budget. NYSDEC UF Coordinator Mary Kramarchyk says,"This funding is in line with last year’s funding, thanks to the advocacy of our partners at the NYS Urban Forestry Council. The DEC will use this money to fund urban forestry projects across the state." See press release for more details...

Also on the Blog 


TreesCount! 2015: NYC's Third Street-Tree Census 




Annual ReLeaf Conference
July 14-16, 2016
Skidmore College 
Saratoga Springs, New York Registration & more info to come at 


Pruning to Industry Standards ReLeaf Workshop in Buffalo: Thursday, May 5. See flyer here


Earth Day Tree Planting Event- Liverpool, NY

May 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, NY 

Community volunteers needed for a large tree planting event as part of Onondaga County’s Ash Tree Management Plan. Pre-register online asap ( or contact Katherine Korba or 315-424-9485. See flyer for more information. 

I Love My Park Day in Utica 

The Central New York Conservancy will host Utica's Fourth Annual I Love My Park Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. A number of clean-up activities will occur during this family-friendly event (all activities will occur rain or shine). Conservancy volunteers will rake, prune, mulch and prep Utica’s Olmsted parks and the Memorial Parkway for the upcoming summer season. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Executive Director Peter Falzarine at or contact the Conservancy at
Cost-Share Grants in 2016 A new round of DEC-administered urban forestry grants will be available in 2016. Go to the Cost-Share Grant site to see documents from the previous round to plan for the next application period and to sign up to receive a notice when the 2016 grant application period officially opens. 

NEW EAB Newsletter 

CCE Onondaga County is now putting out a monthly EAB e-newsletter. It will serve as a way to keep the lines of communication open among all EAB task force members, organizations, municipalities, and residents in the Central New York region, although anyone is welcome to subscribe. This newsletter will contain news on research, projects, grant opportunities, and questions sent in by you. You can subscribe, and see the most recent edition here

Registration Open for the 2016 NYS Tree Climbing Championship, June 18 at Planting Fields Arboretum. For more info and registration, see 

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