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     TAKING ROOT  April 2014 

From the President 

Recently I had the great opportunity of presenting at the New York State Turfgrass Association’s Adirondack Regional Conference at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. This event came right on the heels of Forestry Awareness Day in the Albany Capital so I was fired up about urban forestry!

NYSTA members manage much more than the turf; they often have trees and shrubs and entire landscapes within their purview. My talk was about forest health threats in New York State and the use of Inventory Pest Early Detection (IPED) when conducting tree inventories. IPED is a utility within i-Tree, a public domain suite of tools developed by the USDA Forest Service and its partners. Incorporating IPED in a street or park tree inventory can help to discover the presence of known threats such as emerald ash borer or hemlock woolly adelgid, but the real power in IPED is in finding the pest or disease we do not know about yet. I encourage everyone involved in a tree inventory to consider utilizing IPED.

You can learn all about Inventory Pest Early Detection, a utility within i-Tree Streets and i-Tree Eco, at—Andy Hillman,

New on the Blog!
Getting to Know Council VP Brian Skinner

Lori Brockelbank's Tour Des Trees Adventure Continues

Cross-Pollinating Urban Forestry



Save the Date! NY ReLeaf Logo

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. 

Keep an eye on the NYSUFC website for Registration                                                 information coming this spring! 

Tree Risk Assessment Workshops 

with Jerry Bond, Ph.D., Consulting Urban Forester, Urban Analytics LLC and 
Christopher J. Luley, Ph.D., Vice President, Urban Forestry LLC 

Long Island: April 3, 2014
Carmel: April 4, 2014
Syracuse: April 8, 2014

All workshops run 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register Here 

For more information, contact Sally Kellogg: (518) 402-9425 / 

sponsored by NYS Arborists, ISA Chapter, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Urban Forestry Council 


NEW Urban Horticulture Institute Guide from Nina Bassuk and Ethan Dropkin: Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices 

"Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention" is a 56-page illustrated guide for selecting woody shrubs for swales, raingardens, stormwater planters, etc. In part, the publication came out of a research project by Bassuk and Dropkin in the city of Ithaca and includes design guidance and an extensive illustrated plant reference.   
Key Concept (one of many): "When selecting plants for stormwater infiltration, common sense would seem to dictate the use of wetland plants. However, due to the rate at which most of these practices allow water to infiltrate, the majority of planted stormwater practices will likely only be inundated for a few minutes after a small storm event, and up to a day or two for a larger event. Unlike most permanent or semi-permanent wetlands, these areas remain relatively dry most of the time. Because of this characteristic, plants that can handle both temporary inundation and relatively protracted drought are the best choices for a low-maintenance planting."

Some Reflections after the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry Conference

By Lori Brockelbank, NYSUFC Treasurer and Consulting Arborist for Forecon, Inc.
Our urban forests are changing every day, and how we use our resources is changing along with them. Due to increased pressure from insects and diseases, we are seeing more large-scale tree removals. In the past, those trees would have been dumped into our local landfills, but not anymore—now we have a new resource, the portable sawmill. With the increase in sawmill utilization, we urban foresters can take wood recycling to a new level by facilitating the use of wood waste to make jewelry, furniture, and boards from trees that would have ended in the landfills.
This is the kind of timely topic that is explored at the annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference, which I attended November 6-7 in Pittsburgh, PA. Conferences and workshops are a time for learning, outreach, and networking. The Partners Conference is no different, and is an example of how many different groups can come together and share their knowledge. 

At the beginning of the conference, a somewhat cryptic question was posed to attendees: “How are you changing the colors are on your map?” My first thought was, “Do I need crayons now for my job?” But as the day progressed and I attended more workshops, it dawned on me what that first question referred to—how our choices affect the way the maps will be drawn in the future. Every tree we plant makes the map a little more green; every removal leaves a red patch.   
Another trend that can help make our map greener that we explored at “Partners” is planting crop trees or orchards in cities. Food banks are struggling all over, and if we can provide them with fresh fruit or nuts, we can be providing our communities with added benefits. Wouldn’t it be great if in the future i-Tree provides a harvesting quantifier to demonstrate the specific benefit of these urban crops?
As with any conference, sometimes the best learning occurs outside of the classroom. This year, Partners provided an excursion on the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela Rivers aboard the Gateway Clipper. We boarded the fleet just as the sun was setting, and before our eyes, the nightscape came alive. As I enjoyed the lights, I was blessed to be able to connect with old friends and to be introduced to new friends. We talked about day-to-day successes and challenges, and I do believe with a dynamic group of individuals like that putting heads together, we can find solutions.  
The Partners conference travels to Charlotte, NC this year, and I know there will be many excellent sessions and discussions that will help you make your maps a lot greener.   

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

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