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     TAKING ROOT  July 2016

Saratoga Springs Conference Registration!

"Dig In" to this year's excellent program, brought to you by DEC Regions 4 and 5 ReLeaf Conference organizing committees  

From President David Moore 


July is a big month—the beginning of a new fiscal year, hot summer weather, and the annual New York ReLeaf Conference that many of us attend. (Correction from my last President's message: this year's conference is organized by both the Region 5 and the Region 4 ReLeaf Committees). If you're still thinking of registering but haven't, consider: 

- You'll renew the excitement about the work you do—the ReLeaf community is a great source of inspiration, and the people themselves are amazing. 

- You'll meet urban forestry practitioners from across the state, making new connections and invigorating important relationships. Despite all our advances in technology, there's still no substitute for smiles, handshakes, hugs, and laughter.

- You'll stay on top of industry trends—with a wide-ranging variety of carefully selected workshops and tours, you'll be gaining knowledge of emerging trends straight from the experts.

- You'll bring valuable new ideas and information back to your work place as well as invest in your own development as a professional.

If possible, please come Thursday night and join us for the NYSUFC membership meeting, where members can vote on the new slate of nominees for the 2016 board of directors, followed by a member's reception. We'll have our recently completed 2015 Annual Report for you to read and take home, plus many more exciting updates.

See you next week! 

David Moore

On the Blog 


Board Member Karen Emmerich Reflects on Municipal Forestry Institute Experience




 by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson. Photo in the public domain.
Cost-Share Grants in 2016 A new round of DEC-administered urban forestry grants will be available in 2016. Go to the Cost-Share Grant site to see documents from the previous round to plan for the next application period and to sign up to receive a notice when the 2016 grant application period officially opens. 

NEW EAB Newsletter 

CCE Onondaga County is now putting out a monthly EAB e-newsletter. It will serve as a way to keep the lines of communication open among all EAB task force members, organizations, municipalities, and residents in the Central New York region, although anyone is welcome to subscribe. This newsletter will contain news on research, projects, grant opportunities, and questions sent in by you. You can subscribe, and see the most recent edition here

2016 TRAQ Program - Oyster Bay & Syracuse 

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
November 14-16, 2016
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY

November 17-19, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Syracuse, East Syracuse, NY

Join the New York Chapter ISA for the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component.

Registration Information
• November 14-16, Oyster Bay: Register online or download a registration form
• November 17-19, Syracuse: Register online or download a registration form

Registration Deadlines 
• Oyster Bay: October 14: Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis.
• Syracuse: October 17: Spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis.

SMA and Partners Conferences 
2016 Society of Municipal Arborists Conference November 14-15 & Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 16-17
Indianapolis, Indiana

More Info and Registration  

Urban Forestry Today Webinar: Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees 

Speaker: Dr. Dave Nowak, US Forest Service 
12:00pm (Eastern), Thur., July 14
Registration is free.
To registration, visit, enter the ID code 123-644-723
Read more about the webinar at 
Approved for 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA 
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