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     TAKING ROOT  June 2014 

Conference Countdown! 

Our ANNUAL CONFERENCE is coming up next month and, based on the preliminary program, it looks like one you will not want to miss. The 22nd annual NY ReLeaf Conference will be held from July 17th to the 19th at the beautiful Hofstra University campus in Hempstead. The Region 1 Planning Committee has put together so many great tours and workshops that it will be difficult to choose; I want to do all of them!

This year we have a bus for attendees from central NY, making it easy and comfortable to get there from here. Bus information is here—and see more info below. I encourage all to register for the conference early and avoid late fees which kick in on June 26th. Preliminary conference program and registration info are here. We also need to know if you want the bus as soon as practical.

Lastly, I am extremely proud that my company has become a corporate member of the NYSUFC. This year, Davey Resource Group will also join National Grid as Platinum Sponsors of the NY ReLeaf Conference. Make sure you stop by the National Grid and Davey Resource Group booths to say hello! 
—Andy Hillman,

New on the Blog: Council Founder and All-Around Dynamo Nancy Wolf 

Many of you know Nancy well but are bound to learn surprising and interesting things in this very special TAKING ROOT Blog Profile.

New on the Blog: Mike Mahanna! 

Council Executive Committee Member Mike Mahanna is in his career prime and is a family man with some exciting personal news to share. See his story on the TAKING ROOT blog!

BEYOND THE RIGHT OF WAY: The Story of BROW We All Need to Know! 

Written by the Council's longtime advocate Al Wegener, this is a fascinating account of how cities may soon be going Beyond the Right of Way. A must-read and we thank Al for his work on BROW and for this important blog post!   

Pin oak photo by Al Wegener 

New on the Blog: Phenology, Urban Forestry, and Nature's Notebook

How can you contribute, in a fun and accessible way, to a massive database with the National Phenology Network? Learn about phenology and Nature's Notebook here.  Photo by Brian Powell 
NYS Urban Forestry Council 




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). HOWEVER, there are only 34 seats available and they will go quickly! 
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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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! 

ReLeaf Region 6 Snapshot 

CCE Chenango County Educator Rebecca Hargrave (orange top) was the speaker at the ReLeaf Region 6 Workshop, "Back to Basics: Planting the Right Tree in the Right Place," held in Utica at the RCIL Building.

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! 

Arbor Day Snapshot 

Young tree-lovers celebrating Arbor Day and Tree City USA Status in Westhampton Beach, Long Island
May 18, 2014 


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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