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     TAKING ROOT  September 2014 

On the Blog: NYC Parks Dept City Forester David Moore

David is a NYC Parks Dept City Forester, Family Adirondacks Woodlot Manager, and Dance Music DJ/Producer! David is a huge asset in his role on the Council's Executive Committee. Read about him and his wife Leyla on this recent blog post.

Message from President Andy Hillman 

I really like this: “I commit to fulfilling my obligations to NYSUFC with my time, talent, treasure, and relationships.” I borrowed this pledge and modified it for our organization. It sums up the commitment that the Board of Directors made when they took on the responsibility of guiding the Council.
To the new NYSUFC Board of Directors and to members who might consider serving the Council on the Board, here are a couple of links you might find useful:  
We are fortunate to have a diverse, talented, and dedicated Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I want to say thanks and that I look forward to working with them over the next several months. —Andy Hillman,

Also on the Blog in August ...

Pruning Research Update From Ed Gilman at UFL: Preventing Storm Damage 
A Whitman's Sampler of ReLeafers 

"Topics in Urban Forestry Management" in ReLeaf Region 7
Date:    9/18/2014
This workshop is being held at the DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. It is a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation sponsored workshop which qualifies for Planning and Zoning Board training. Professional Municipal Officials, Tree Board members, Planning and Zoning Board members and Community Tree Enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Please see brochure/registration form here for further information.
SAVE THE DATE for the next workshop: 10/17 in Newburgh, details to come 

New York State Arborists Events 

Join NYSA for another round of TRAQ courses in November. Our TRAQ course in June sold out fast. So, register now for the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Course.  Click here for qualification information and a registration form

Dates & Locations
     ♦ November 17-19, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay (Registration deadline, Oct. 17, 2014)
     ♦ November 20-22, Hilton Garden Inn Pittsford/Rochester (Registration deadline, Oct. 20, 2014)

Course Pricing
Seating is limited to 40 people per location. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
     ♦ ISA member: $625.00 USD
     ♦ Non-member: $750.00 USD

Member pricing is an exclusive benefit to NYSA/ISA members only. You must be a current NYSA/ISA member at the time of registration. All others will be charged non-member registration rates.

NYSA Fall 2014 Conference: Join us on September 28-29 at the Holiday Inn Liverpool (near Syracuse) for this outstanding professional development event. 

You will have the opportunity to:
> Share your expertise with other arboriculture professionals
> Explore the latest products and services in the Vendor Area
> Network with your colleagues from across New York State 
> Earn DEC, ISA, CNLP and CTSP credits

Click here to see the preliminary schedule with session descriptions. See what sessions are approved for DEC credits.

Register online or download a registration form.



now posted on the website.

Welcome New Board Members, Class of 2017!

Danielle Gift, NYC Parks and Recreation
Karen Emmerich, Freshwater Environmental Consultants, LLC
Nelson Villarrubia, Trees New York
Llewellyn Palmer III, Student Ambassador, Paul Smith's College
Kristina Ferrare, CCE Onondaga County
Vinnie Drzewucki, CCE Nassau County
Rachel Holmes, The Nature Conservancy 

and Welcome Steve Harris, City of Syracuse, to the position of Secretary.  

Council Treasurer Lori Brockelbank has completed the 2014 Tour des Trees Ride, her second Tour. CONGRATS, Lori! You can read about her experiences on her blog, The Arborist Gypsy


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SMA & Partners in Community Forestry 2014 

Charlotte, North Carolina 

SMA Conference: November 3-4

Partners in Community Forestry Conference: November 5-6

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