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     TAKING ROOT  May 2015

On the Blog:
Nina Bassuk Earns Prestigious Frederick Law Olmsted Award from the Arbor Day Foundation 


Message from President Andy Hillman  

The Council Needs You!

I want to thank all of you who have paid 2015 dues and/or made tax deductible donations to the Council this year. To those who are not current with your dues, we need you now. The New York State Urban Forestry Council relies heavily on the membership dues and donations to provide services statewide all year long.
Over the years we have kept our dues low, but you are welcome to pay more if you can. Donations are always greatly appreciated. If you work for an organization that matches your charitable donations (like my employer) please consider using that to double your gift to the Council.

If your municipality, company, or non-profit organization is already a member, thanks. That is great. If not, they are most welcome to join and I ask you to make that happen. Our 2014 Annual Report describes the good work you all have done and sets the bar for this year. We need you now; let’s keep our momentum going!   

 —Andy Hillman,

The Council's 2014 Annual Report: We are on Fire! 

This beautifully assembled celebration is sure to put a smile on your face. Please read and share with your networks!  

Also on the Blog ... 

NYC Senior Forester for Trees and Sidewalks Brian Widener:
Get to Know Him!
Meet Our New Executive Secretary, Liana Gooding!  





Save the Date

The New York ReLeaf Conference will be held at SUNY ESF in Syracuse

July 16-18, 2015

Program and Registration on the NYSUFC website soon 


Did you know that NYC ReLeaf has its own excellent e-news about all things NYC urban forestry?

You can see the current and archived editions and subscribe to it here.

Register Now for Buffalo Insect & Disease Workshop 
Thursday, June 4, 2015
This workshop includes a lecture portion and a field identification portion featuring tree and shrub facts, and characteristics in relation to insects and diseases. More Info and Register HERE

  STIHL Tour des Trees and Our Own Lori Brockelbank: Next Stop, Orlando! 

2015 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund — October 25 – 31, 2015 — Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the world’s largest fundraiser for tree research and education. This year the riders go to Florida for a week of unforgettable scenery, cycling and camaraderie in the Sunshine State. REGISTRATION FOR RIDERS CLOSES MAY 31, 2015. NYSUFC Treasurer Lori Brockelbank will be riding as part of TEAM NY, which you can support HERE

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