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     TAKING ROOT  July 2014 

Conference Time! 

In the last week of June I had the pleasure of meeting with the Long Island ReLeaf local planning committee as final details of our 22nd annual conference were worked out. Longtime committee member and tree expert James Caracciola graciously hosted the meeting at his beautiful waterfront home on the former Guy Lombardo Estate overlooking the Woodcleft Canal in Freeport. James showed us his name badge from the last time we held our conference at Hofstra in 1998!

I can tell you that this hardworking team has put together another fabulous event in the long tradition of our New York State urban forestry program. Please see the conference program

When the meeting adjourned, I tagged along with Mary Kramarchyk, Sally Kellogg, and Betty Shimo as they met with the Hofstra University event coordinators on campus to make sure the spaces we have booked are all set and the university is ready for us. I was impressed by the diversity of trees all around the student center and nearby residence hall where we will spend much of our time.

We visited the venue for the Friday night picnic and it is a great space for our traditional, relaxed get together. The Hofstra USA Pavilion has a tree-surrounded lawn that is perfect for tossing a Frisbee or playing games like we did last year. We can all get under the large pavilion or into the adjacent air-conditioned lounge if we get weather like we did last year!

The Friday night picnic is included in the registration fee. Guests are always welcome; please see the registration form for guest fees. I am looking forward to seeing old and new friends as we revisit the beautiful Hofstra University campus. It is almost time! 
—Andy Hillman,

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Early registration deadline (with discount) has passed but it's not too late to register!

July 17-19, 2014
The 22nd Annual ReLeaf Conference 
for New York State 

Hofstra University, Hemstead, New York
Topics and tours to include: NYS Invasive Species Update, Alternatives to Invasives, Trees for the Urban Landscape, Landscaping with Native Species, Missouri Gravel Beds, Hofstra Arboretum Tour, and Tanners Pond Environment Center/Hempstead Plains Preserve Tour. 
See the NYSUFC website for everything you need to know! BUS INFO is there and also below.  

New on the Blog: Keynote Speaker Bill Toomey of the Nature Conservancy

Blog: Highlights from the Upcoming Conference Program 

including plenary talk by the phenomenal Dr. Nina Bassuk 

Blog: Arbor Day in the North Country by Tim Chick  

Eventful weather didn't deter the Lake Placid/North Elba communities' lively celebration. 

Blog: Interesting Cornell Urban Hort Research

Alkaline-tolerant oaks, the Scoop-and-Dump technique for amending compacted soils, and cavitation studies

Historic Great Trees Returning to NYC

A blog post about cloning and replanting the City's greats 
NYS Urban Forestry Council 

There are still seats on the bus! 



Hello Everyone 
As you should all know by now, the 2014 Twenty Second Annual ReLeaf Conference will be held July 17-19, 2014 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, New York! 
DEC State Forester, Rob Davies, has authorized funds to subsidize the cost of a bus to take attendees from Central and Western New York to the Conference! 
The bus will originate in Syracuse, but could make stops in Cortland and/or Binghamton. The cost of the round trip will be $35 per person (non-refundable but substitutions are allowed). 
Please do not reserve a seat if you do not intend to take the bus. Please let me know ASAP if you intend to reserve a seat. I will send an Email in response, and will 
put your name on a list. 
Full payment of $35 will be due to me (either check or Visa or 
Mastercard) immediately after you make your reservation! Make your 
check out to NYSUFC. Please remit payment to: 
NYS Urban Forestry Council 
c/o Elizabeth Shimo 
POB 535 
Port Crane, NY 13833 
For those who make reservations, departure time and location will be 
provided prior to the Conference. I hope to hear from some of you very soon! 
If you have questions/concerns, please contact me by Email or at (607) 204-
Betty Shimo, Conference Coordinator 

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Tree Planting Event in Nassau County

DEC had a tree planting at Sawmill Intermediate School, the school of 5th Grade Poster Contest Winner Annika Chang on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Sally Kellogg of NYS DEC and Vinnie Drzewucki of CCE Nassau County spoke to the kids about Arbor Day and the benefits of trees before teaching them to plant an ornamental cherry tree.


The 2013 NYSUFC Annual Report is now on the website! The team who put this together is really proud of the Council's collective accomplishments last year and hopes you will check it out! 

Governor Cuomo Celebrates Arbor Day in New York State by Awarding Nearly $800,000 in Urban Forestry Grants

SMA & Partners in Community Forestry 2014 

Charlotte, North Carolina 

SMA Conference: November 3-4

Partners in Community Forestry Conference: November 5-6

More info to come at from the 
National Arbor Day Foundation

Support Council Treasurer Lori Brockelbank's 2014 Tour des Trees Ride here! 

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