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     TAKING ROOT  December 2016

Blog: Getting to Know Onondaga Earth Corps


From President David Moore 


I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. After that delightful break, many of us are springing back into action to plant as many trees as we can before snow and freezing temperatures come our way. May the forest be with you!

Traveling from NYC to Syracuse as we speak, I'm looking forward to visiting NYSUFC Board Members Dr. Eric Greenfield (USFS) and Dr. Doug Morrison at SUNY-ESF, where I have the honor of providing a guest lecture to the urban forestry class, followed by a career talk with students. The raw enthusiasm and spirit of these students is always an inspiration! They are our future and will soon be our colleagues, so let's support them as they start their long journey.

As the Council grows its communication network as well as its programming, we hope to connect students and professionals to urban forestry news, people, and opportunities. So thanks to those who contribute, read, and most importantly, share. It's humbling to read our blog posts and learn of the great work that is being performed across the state. Let's keep the momentum going and keep our network growing strong so that our state has a green and beautiful future!

Interested in contributing a post to our blog? Have an announcement we should include in our newsletter? Please don't hesitate to reach out to our editor Michelle Sutton ( with your idea! Your ideas and contributions are what makes this all possible.

Happy tree planting,

David Moore


Also on the Blog: TREES ON LIBERTY: TD Bank Green Streets Funds Newburgh Tree Planting, Ellington's Grant-Funded Arbor Day, Green Horizons Career Fair Introduces Urban Forestry to Middle Schoolers, POWER-ful Allies: Utility Arborists on the NYSUFC Board 

Managing Street Trees: What You Should Know For Success

December 15, 2016 -- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Westchester County Center 198 Central Avenue White Plains

Featured speakers include Nina Bassuk and Mary Kramarchyk


Sponsored by: Westchester County Department of Planning, Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Westchester County

Cost-Share Grants

A new round of DEC-administered urban forestry grants will be available in 2017. 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 next grant application period officially opens. 

Promote Arbor Day with Your Artwork

The Arbor Day Planning Committee is accepting original art and photography submissions, from which they will select the 2017 New York State Arbor Day Poster art. DEC will be accepting them on behalf of the committee through December 31, 2016. More details here

Arbor Day Poster Contest for Fifth Graders  

Fifth grade students are encouraged to design and submit an original poster depicting this year's theme, "Defend New York's Forests." Posters are due to your NYS Regional DEC Office by December 23, 2016. More info about the contest here. 

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:

Free CEU and/or Continuing Education Opportunities 

UMass Urban Forestry Today Webinars 
Davey Tree Urban Forestry Webinars Featured Upcoming Webinar: December 6 at 11:00am ET | Developing a Municipal Strategy for Managing EAB | Join Here!

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 

 Society of Municipal Arborists

Municipal Forestry Institute

February 19-24, 2017
Lake Arrowhead, CA
View information here
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