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     TAKING ROOT  March 2016

On the Blog

ReTree Schenectady:
Cost-Share Grants Story & Advice


From President David Moore 

After an altogether mild winter across the Empire State, many of us are gearing up for the spring planting tree season and the flurry of activities that come with it. As I write this in late February, some of our colleagues are either attending or teaching at the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) in West Virginia. MFI is a program of the Society of Municipal Arborists, and is organized in cooperation with other groups such as the Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program.
MFI is a unique, week-long intensive urban forestry leadership training program that has graduated hundreds of participants over the last eleven years. This year, NYSUFC Executive Committee member Karen Emmerich is attending with the help of a partial Council scholarship, and Council Past President Andy Hillman is there as a member of the teaching cadre. We look forward to hearing Karen's re-cap of her experience in a future Taking Root blog post.
 A few announcements:
  • Council members are reminded to send in annual dues for 2016, and thank you if have done so already!
  • The Council's next board meeting will take place on March 29 in Albany and across the state via videoconferencing from regional DEC offices. 
  • As noted in this edition of Taking Root, on March 30 in Albany, the DEC recognition ceremony for Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, and Tree Campus USA award recipients will be taking place. Please contact Sally Kellogg or Mary Martin at (518) 402-9425 if you would like to attend or need more information.
  • Fingers crossed, the Council's much-anticipated new website should be launching in March! If for some reason the website is temporarily down during the change, it should be back up again very quickly. Thanks for your patience during this process. 
Hope you enjoy this edition of the Taking Root newsletter!


David Moore

Also on the Blog 

Free Urban Forestry Roundtable Repository on 26 Topics, from Bees in the Urban Forest to Large Tree Relocation to Urban Orchards 

Bur oak transplanting photo by Greg Hove 

Nyack’s Tree Inventory Propels Nursery and Planting Program


Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks Off Annual Low-Cost
Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale and School Seedling Program


Renew NYSUFC Membership for 2016 

It takes just a minute, it's only $25 for individuals ($10 for students), and it means the world to the Council. 

Annual ReLeaf Conference
July 14-16, 2016
Skidmore College 
Saratoga Springs, New York
Upcoming ReLeaf Workshops 

Friday, March 11: Trees for People 
Learn about the benefits of tree planting and stewardship, green infrastructure, and about the various tree planting projects happening in NYC. Location: Bronx. Early registration is due by March 3, 2016. Continuing education credits: Planning and Zoning, ISA pending.

Thursday, March 24: Electrical Hazard Awareness Training This workshop provides Electrical Hazard Awareness Training satisfying requirements for one major OSHA standard for powerline workers. Location: Rochester. Early registration is due by March 17, 2016. Continuing education credits: ISA: 6.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Wednesday April 20, 2016, Friday, April 22, 2016: Advanced Arboriculture: Using Tree Bio-Mechanics to Evaluate, Test, and Manage Trees for Stability. Expand your understanding of tree bio-mechanics, how fungi impact tree stability, and how to identify decay fungi using a new website key and SNA testing techniques with noted experts Frank Rinn and Christopher Luley. Locations (respectively): Long Island, Westchester, Rochester. Early registration is due by March 25, 2016. Continuing education credits: DEC, CNLP, and ISA pending. Contact Sally Kellogg or Mary Martin for more information at 518.402.9425. 

Register to Attend March 30th Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, and Tree Campus USA Awards in Albany 
The 10th Annual Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th from 10-2pm at the Albany Hilton Hotel. Tree City U.S.A. Communities, Tree Line U.S.A. Utilities and Tree Campus U.S.A. Colleges and Universities will be recognized by DEC for their local tree care efforts. The Statewide Children’s Poster Contest Winner has also been invited to attend. Please contact Sally Kellogg or Mary Martin for more information at 518-402-9425.

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. 

CNY Conservancy Winter Lecture #3 at Mohawk Valley Community College

On Saturday, March 12, the Central New York Conservancy will present a free lecture - Techniques for Planting Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, and Annuals, and Successful Containers with Site Selection and Amending Soils - at Mohawk Valley Community College. Conservancy certified arborists and Board members Mike Mahanna and Terry Hawkridge will address planting techniques for all spring planting needs. The free presentation is open to the public and it begins at 10 a.m. in Room 116 of the Alumni College Center.

Contact:  Peter Falzarine (;315.735.5534) or Susan D. Smith (centralnyconservancy@gmail.com315.725.6172)


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