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     TAKING ROOT  February 2021

Sublime “Downtown Doors” Series Photo-Documents Staten Island Trees & Homes from 1940 to Today


From President
Karen Emmerich 

Greetings, friends~  

February brings to mind friendship and love, Black History Month, and snow, among other joys. Because it is such a short month, perhaps it kicks us all into higher gear as we hear the more audible "tick tick tick" of time passing.

I don't know about you, but living through a global pandemic has afforded me abundant opportunities for introspection and for reflection about what really matters in life. Trees, clean air, community, green spaces, shade, places to stop and sit, perhaps enjoy some quiet ... urban forestry addresses all of these public goods. Volunteers and paid professionals alike: aren't we so fortunate to be steeped in this meaningful field of endeavor? 

Here's a source of some help: If your town or city isn't yet a Tree City USA, I encourage you to apply for a Council Quick Start Grant of up to $1000 to help you get started on your journey towards becoming a Tree City USA, with all the community building, tree planting, and recognition that that process entails. The application is straightforward, because we know you are busy! Applications for 2021 grant awards are due February 26th. 



Please Take a Moment to Renew Your NYSUFC
Membership for 2021 

Only $25 for individuals ($10 for students), and it means the world to the Council. 

Renew HERE ... and thanks so very much!

Also on the Blog 


Not Yet a Tree City USA? Apply by Feb 26 for 2021 NYSUFC Quick Start Grant to Help You Get There


Watertown Utilizes DEC Grant for Tree Planting & EAB Treatment


Conifers for Urban Use: Abies concolor, with Jean Zimmerman


Plus More Grant Opportunities, Online ISA Certified Arborist Course, Winter Pruning Article in DEC Conservationist Magazine, and The Nature of Cities Conference  

ReLeaf Workshop Open to All

February 11, 2021 10 AM: Long Island ReLeaf (Region 1) Webinar Workshop

Join Long Island ReLeaf for a "Right Tree Right Place" webinar workshop - hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County on Zoom. The webinar will feature Christian Granelli (Senior Environmental Planner, Town of Huntington) presenting on "Urban Forestry and Grants in the Town of Huntington", and Ross Hassinger (City Forester, Buffalo) presenting on "Variables in Street Tree Selection for Municipalities".

TAKING ROOT and the NYSUFC blog are made possible by a grant from the US. Forest Service, mediated through NYSDEC.  

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