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     TAKING ROOT  April 2016

On the Blog

Urban Forestry Funding from TD Bank and Tree Planting in Albany


From President David Moore 

**New Website Launched!**

Greetings! April brings with it some welcome changes in weather that help us feel energized for the spring tree planting season. If you haven't done so already, now is a great time of year to sign up for volunteer tree planting and tree care events in your region.
Speaking of changes, our Council has officially launched its new website, Here you will see the Taking Root blog has merged with our website in a streamlined and user-friendly format. Major improvements include a new Resources page, a digital membership form for new and existing members, a Donate Now button, an accurate and up-to-date Calendar. Also, the new site is now more mobile-friendly!

Hats off to Mike Duran-Mitchell for his hard work programming the website and to Michelle Sutton for helping merge the Taking Root newsletter into the site. And a big thank you to all who helped with the feedback process over the past several months. We will continue to develop the website and make improvements to it throughout 2016. If you see something that looks out of place or needs improvement, please contact me.
At the end of March, the Board of Directors held its spring meeting via videoconference. It is always very inspiring to participate with this group of folks who are working so hard to advance urban forestry across New York State. The Board worked together effectively and presented several accomplishments that were part of the Council's 5-Year Strategic Plan including the new and improved digital infrastructure of the new website. With every task we accomplish, momentum grows!
Good luck starting off your spring season, and please keep an eye out for exciting urban forestry workshops and events in your region!



David Moore

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Annual ReLeaf Conference
July 14-16, 2016
Skidmore College 
Saratoga Springs, New York

Upcoming ReLeaf Workshop:  Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Wednesday April 20, 2016, Friday, April 22, 2016: Advanced Arboriculture: Using Tree Bio-Mechanics to Evaluate, Test, and Manage Trees for Stability. Expand your understanding of tree bio-mechanics, how fungi impact tree stability, and how to identify decay fungi using a new website key and SNA testing techniques with noted experts Frank Rinn and Christopher Luley. Locations (respectively): Long Island, Westchester, Rochester. Early registration is due by March 25, 2016. Continuing education credits: DEC, CNLP, and ISA pending. Contact Sally Kellogg or Mary Martin for more information at 518.402.9425. 
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

Registration Open for the 2016 NYS Tree Climbing Championship, June 18 at Planting Fields Arboretum. For more info and registration, see 

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