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     TAKING ROOT  July 2021

 Program & Registration for July 23rd Virtual ReLeaf Conference 🌳 🌳🌳
All are Welcome 

Conservation of Bats and Birds in the Urban Forest 
Rain Check Buffalo: Trees as Green Infrastructure
Structural Pruning of Young Trees 
Community Tree Stewards
Trees for Human Health



Fall 2021 NYSUFC Quick Start Grants & Tree City USA Reward Grants Application Period Open

From President
Karen Emmerich 

Hello friends, 
There's a lot going with the Council and our DEC partners! NY ReLeaf will be virtual this year, on July 23. The Council has opened up an application period for our Quick Start grants and Tree City USA Reward grants. We continue to post on the Council blog about the spring 2021 Arbor Day celebrations funded by past grants in communities like Brooklyn, Brookhaven, Gardiner, and Geneseo. Smart management of the urban forest continues to be an important climate change mitigation strategy. Many things to invest in and celebrate.   

Onward and upward, 

Request for Info from Council Early Days Folks 

Nancy Wolf is working on Part 2 of her seminal "How it Happened: New York ReLeaf—A Brief History of Urban Forestry in the United States and the Creation of the New York State Program." She says, "I am looking for any recollections or information about the very early days of the Council, when basically the only activity was three state conferences—1992/93/94." Please contact her at if you can help. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Council Scholarships Committee Chair Andy Hillman says, "The Council has a scholarship available for the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) and there are diversity scholarships for MFI through a partnership of USFS, Southern University, and SMA. Anyone interested can contact me:"  

On the Blog


🌳American Forests Releases Tree Equity Scores for 150K+ Neighborhoods in the U.S.

🌳Town of Pound Ridge Dedicates White Oak to Essential Workers for Arbor Day 2021


🌳Geneseo Boy Scout Troop 4070 Hosts Community Planting Event Aided by Council Grant


🌳Town of Brookhaven Tree Planting & Community Giveaway for Arbor Day 2021

TAKING ROOT news and the NYSUFC Blog and Annual Report are made possible by a U.S. Forest Service grant, facilitated through NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry.  

USDA Forest Service Non-Discrimination Statement for Grantee Organizations

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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