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     TAKING ROOT March 2014 

From the President 

March 4th. This is the only date on the calendar that is a command: "March forth!"

On March 4th 2014, the Alliance for Community Trees, or ACTrees, hosted the first ever Urban Forest Council Steering Committee meeting. Council Executive Secretary Betty Shimo and I participated and represented the NYSUFC. Other participating state councils included those of NC, PA, WI, CO, and CA. These state urban forestry councils, while all organized a little differently, have something in common. They are all considered models of inclusivity and effectiveness.

The meeting affirmed for me that our Council is part of a larger urban forestry movement that could benefit from more cross-pollination and sharing of ideas. We discussed and confirmed the 2014 action items, including a nationwide survey of state urban forestry councils to be delivered to all 50 states later this month.

I came away from the meeting inspired and ready to "March forth" into a future of greater collaboration among the state councils in order to more effectively advocate for urban and community forestry. —Andy Hillman,

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Save the Date! NY ReLeaf Logo

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. 

Keep an eye on the NYSUFC website for Registration                                                 information coming this spring! 

Tree Risk Assessment Workshops 

with Jerry Bond, Ph.D., Consulting Urban Forester, Urban Analytics LLC and 
Christopher J. Luley, Ph.D., Vice President, Urban Forestry LLC 

Long Island: April 3, 2014
Carmel: April 4, 2014
Syracuse: April 8, 2014

All workshops run 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register Here 

For more information, contact Sally Kellogg: (518) 402-9425 / 

sponsored by NYS Arborists, ISA Chapter, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Urban Forestry Council 


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

TREE CITY, TREE CAMPUS & TREE LINE USA Awards Ceremony March 27 

Tree City, Tree Campus & Tree Line USA programs are sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the US Forest Service and NYS DEC. These programs provide healthier communities and public attention and national recognition for community forestry programs.

Tree Board members, government officials, foresters, landscape architects, arborists, public works, parks and others are all invited to attend the Tree City, Tree Campus, and Tree Line USA Recognition ceremony at the Albany Hilton Hotel on Thursday, March 27th from 9:30 - 2:30. 
Among the awards presented will be those to Tree City municipalities, the DEC Urban Forestry Award, and the 2014 Poster Contest Winner. The morning program speakers will include a welcome from Commissioner Martens and talks from  NYS Urban Forestry Council President Andy Hillman and State Forester Robert Davies.
There is no charge for up to two people per organization attend, but special accommodations can be made if additional members would like to attend. To reserve a place, call Mary Kramarchyk or Sally Kellogg at
The event is sponsored by the NYS Urban Forestry Council, DEC Urban Forestry Program, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities and Consolidated Edison.
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