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     TAKING ROOT  April 2017

Another in the "Council People are the Most Interesting People" Series

Council Board Member Rachel Holmes coordinates the natural urban forestry program for The Nature Conservancy, called Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities. In her free time, she fights wildland fires and dances Flamenco.


From President David Moore 

After an overall mild winter for the Empire State, I think spring is now upon us. Down here in Region 2 (New York City), buds are turning green on the Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) in front of my apartment and street trees are getting mulched in anticipation of watering season. They say that spring and fall are the best seasons in New York City because of the weather, but they're my favorite because those are both tree planting seasons. Volunteering at a local tree planting event is a great way to invest in your community while having some fun with friends and neighbors.
Last week, the NYSUFC Board of Directors had a very productive meeting. We covered topics like this summer's ReLeaf conference, our Arbor Day Grant Program, the Council's 2016 Annual Report, and our Five-Year Strategic Plan. It's both humbling and inspiring to be a part of this team of activists. I'm especially inspired by how much progress has been made in pursuing the tasks outlined in the Council's Five-Year Strategic Plan (most recently updated by the board in the fall of 2014). I know many of you feel this same surge of energy, and I hope we can channel that energy and inspiration over the next few years as many environmental programs in our country face uncertainty.
There are some great new posts on the Council's blog that I hope you enjoy, including profiles of Rachel Holmes, Art Traver, Brenda Cagle, and Mike DeMarco and posts about the Save the Rain Program and the new Urban Forest Carbon Registry. It's these high quality stories that help us keep growing our network; in 2016, the Council's blog was viewed over 19,500 times, and Council membership rose to an all-time high of 425! With your help, we'll keep growing these numbers through 2017 and beyond.
Wishing you a great start to your planting season—keep your boots oiled!

David Moore


Blog: Getting to Know Art Traver, Brenda Cagle, and Mike DeMarco; New Urban Forest Carbon Registry; Save the Rain Program Hosts Another Successful Planting Event  

NYC Parks Summer Internships  

See Especially:

Central Forestry Radish Project Intern
Street Trees Planting Program Intern
Tree Longevity Study Intern

Please Take a Moment to Join or Renew Your NYSUFC Membership for 2017 

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

Join or renew HERE and thanks so very much! 



Arbor Day in Latham with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

April 28, 2017

       More info here 



ReLeaf Workshop: Electrical Hazard Awareness Training
Thursday April 13th 
Location: Rochester 


This full-day workshop will provide Electrical Hazard Awareness Training. It will NOT satisfy EHAP certification. This workshop will provide a certificate of training that satisfies requirements for one major OSHA standard for individuals working 10 feet or closer to energized conductors. ISA and Planning and Zoning credits available. Early registration is due by April 5th.


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

Trees for Tribs Events 

3rd Annual Pot Up Event May 19th, 2017

Trees for Tribs will be hosting the 3rd Annual Pot Up Event on Friday, May 19th at the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs. Volunteers are needed to pot up seedling trees and shrubs in preparation for planting this fall along New York streams to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resiliency. Please check back here for more event details and to learn how to sign-up for this event!

Friday April 28th (9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.) DEC Region 3 Office, New Paltz

The Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program will be holding an event in honor of Arbor Day. Volunteers are needed to pot up thousands of bareroot trees to prepare for spring and fall streamside plantings. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Marnie Sciamanda at

Saturday May 6th (9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - Genesee Country Village and Museum, Mumford

Trees for Tribs is teaming up with the Genesee Country Village and Museum to plant native trees along Oatka Creek following an emerald ash borer infestation. Volunteers are needed to help in tree planting efforts to reestablish this riparian forest.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event or would like more event details, please contact Melissa Marszalek at the Genesee Country Village and Museum via phone at: 585-294-8257, or via email:

Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Program is holding the 6th Tree Toga Event on April 29, 2017

Since 2014, Tree Toga volunteers have planted 139 trees in key locations around town. Thanks to great tree hosts, these trees have gotten the care they needed to thrive and mature. On April 29th 2017, with your help, Tree Toga will plant 35 new trees and bring the total up to 174! 

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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