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     TAKING ROOT  September 2015

On the Blog:
Paul DiPietro, Council Member Since 2007 

Entrepreneur, Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, and Spartan Racer!

Read about Paul here

From President David Moore 

Fall is right around the corner and I hope everyone takes advantage of urban forestry volunteer opportunities in his/her respective region. These are fun and meaningful ways to give back to your community, as well as a great way to bond with friends and family.

There are plenty where I live in New York City, including the volunteer-led Street Tree Census and many reforestation plantings in park woodlands. There are countless other opportunities across the State, and now is the time to seek them out before the spots are filled or they pass you by.

If you need further assistance finding a volunteer opportunity, NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program Manager Mary Kramarchyk ( can point you in the right direction. 
On the horizon is the launch of a new and updated Council website that will also incorporate the Taking Root blog. Our board has been working on this for months now and has recently committed to making this necessary update. Our goals are to modernize our web interface, make it mobile friendly, streamline and enrich the content, and increase our engagement with our constituency. It makes a lot of sense to house our website and our blog in the same place and both facets will benefit from the migration. Though we don’t have a firm date set for the launch, we aim to move this matter forward expeditiously. Stay tuned!
Last, I wanted to send you a reminder that if you would like to contribute an urban forestry-related post to the Taking Root blog, please email our wonderful editor, Michelle Sutton (, who will guide you through the process.
Wishing you well,
David Moore


Lori Brockelbank & TEAM NY Need Help 
Reaching Goal for the 2015 Tour des Trees 

The 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund — October 25 – 31, 2015 — Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the world’s largest fundraiser for tree research and education.

NYSUFC Treasurer Lori Brockelbank will be riding as part of TEAM NY, which you can support here. A donation of any amount would be appreciated. You can learn more about the Tour and Lori's past rides here. Let's show Lori and TEAM NY our support!  

Also on the Blog

More ReLeaf in Pictures

Onondaga Lake Restoration Tour at ReLeaf 

Oswego's Mary Vanouse and North Tonawanda's Heidi Peterson Reflect on ReLeaf


Save the Dates! 

ReLeaf workshop on invasives and replanting: Sept 18 in Bethpage, NY (Long island) 

EAB workshop: 10/14 in Perinton 

Watch the DEC UCF website for particulars
Registration is open! 
New York State Arborists Fall Conference

September 27-28, 2015
Holiday Inn
Liverpool, NY

Education sessions submitted for DEC, ISA and CNLP credits
Complete info HERE 

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Training (TRAQ) in Oyster Bay (November 16-18) and Rochester (November 19-21). For particulars, see the NYSA Website

NYBG Native Plants Summit 
9 a.m.3 p.m.
Featuring Presentations, a Lunch Break, and Panel Discussion with SUNY ESF's Don Leopold and other luminaries.

Complete Registration information here. 

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