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     TAKING ROOT  February 2017

2017 Arbor Day Grant Notice & Application Packet! 


From President David Moore 

I hope this message finds you well. Though trees across our state are dormant right now, urban forestry programming definitely is not. Witness the many exciting opportunities and announcements highlighted in this month's newsletter: The NYS Region 2 ReLeaf Committee shares a preliminary program for this summer’s statewide ReLeaf Conference in Queens (July 13-15); the Council's latest round of Arbor Day grants are now open (applications are due February 28); and Governor Cuomo announced another $1 million dedicated to urban forestry as part of his $300 million allotment to the Environmental Protection Fund. That urban forestry funding will contribute to more NYSDEC cost-share grants in the near future. If you represent a neighborhood greening group, business improvement district, non-profit, township, or municipality interested in expanding urban forestry programming in your part of the state, these are all great opportunities to check out.
Please also peruse the blog posts about the NYC Street Tree Map (I can't help but be partial to that one) and the Town of Dewitt's new urban forest management plan, as well as personal stories from NYSUFC Vice President Brian Skinner and Board Members Tim Chick and Eric Greenfield. If you like what you're reading, please share far and wide! Our stories need to be shared in order to create the change we want to see in the urban forestry world. Share your own stories by contacting our editor, Michelle Sutton (
Lastly, if you haven't renewed your membership for 2017 by now, here is a friendly nudge!
Wishing you a great month!

David Moore


Blog: New York City's Phenomenal, Interactive Street Tree Map; USDA Forester Eric Greenfield; Brian Skinner Retires, with a Twist; Paul Smith's Instructor Timothy Chick Loves His Adirondack Life; Dewitt's New Urban Forest Management Plan  

Please Take a Moment to Renew Your NYSUFC Membership for 2017 

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

Renew HERE and thanks so very much! 

Round 13 Cost-Share Grant Applications are due March 1, 2017.

Governor Cuomo Once Again Supports $1 Million for Urban Forestry

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:

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


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)

Free Webinar: Underfoot and Underappreciated: Urban Soils in the Age of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management 
Speaker: Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech
Thursday, February 9 at 12:00pm (Eastern)
To attend, visit and enter the ID code 215-369-739
This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. 
For those who are unavailable to attend the live broadcast, sessions will be archived in the "videos" section at
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The Taking Root Newsletter and NYSUFC Blog are made possible by a grant from the USDA Forest Service through the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

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