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     TAKING ROOT  October 2016

Blog: What's the State of the Urban Forest in Syracuse? 


From President David Moore 

I hope your October is off to a great start! In New York City we are preparing for another season of street tree planting. The foresters have been surveying planting locations all summer and are now packaging up their contract books full of thousands of tree plantings. The most recent city-wide street tree census is about 99.9% complete, and the statisticians are readying themselves to analyze data on hundreds of thousands of street trees. All very exciting things, some of which we hope to share with you at the 2017 Annual ReLeaf Conference, which will be held in NYSDEC Region 2 (New York City).
Though I live in the Big City, we all know that New York State is mostly made up of small towns and villages. The beauty is vast, pastoral, rustic, and charming. It has deep character and history. This is exactly why we care so much about it and why we want to continue our legacy of good living and natural beauty. If you read September's blog posts highlighted in this edition of Taking Root, you'll see some very tangible ways the Council is contributing to New York State communities. The Arbor Day grant program (provided by the Council in partnership with the NYSDEC) is a huge hit! We are stoking community interest in tree planting and tree care on a very grassroots level. In 2016, which is only year two of the program, the demand for the grants far outpaced the supply.

Via the blog, the Council also shares an amazing research project about Soil Profile Rebuilding from Drs. Susan Day and Nina Bassuk, as we are also focused on promoting best management practices to keep our State on the cutting edge of our field. We hope you enjoy these stories and share them with your network.
Do you have ideas for future blog posts or urban forestry-related calendar items for our newsletter? Please contact our editor Michelle at
Wishing you well,
David Moore


Also On the Blog: Arbor Day Grants from the Council & Celebrations by Grant Recipients in Otisville, Perry, and Pound Ridge 

Blog: What is Soil Profile Rebuilding? Exploring an Alternative to Soil Replacement with Susan Day 


Urban Forestry: Past, Present, and Future 
Location: Manlius   October 6, 2016

Hear about the history of the urban forest in central NY over the past 100 years as well as solutions for tackling the current and future issues facing urban forestry. This workshop will include indoor presentations and an outdoor demonstration on tree take-down. Continuing education credits available: Planning and Zoning, ISA and CNLP pending.

Back to Basics: A Half-Day Workshop about Tree Planting in North Chili
October 25, 2016 
Brochure Coming Soon 
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. 

Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest 

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. 

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)  NYS Chapter 

Saturday, October 29th at Cornell 

2016 TRAQ Program - Oyster Bay & Syracuse 

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
November 14-16, 2016
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY

November 17-19, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY

Join the New York Chapter ISA for the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component.

Registration Information
• November 14-16, Oyster Bay: Register online or download a registration form
• November 17-19, Syracuse: Register online or download a registration form

Registration Deadlines 
• Oyster Bay: October 14: Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis.
• Syracuse: October 17: Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis.

SMA and Partners Conferences 
2016 Society of Municipal Arborists Conference November 14-15 & Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 16-17
Indianapolis, Indiana

More Info and Registration  

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