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     TAKING ROOT  August 2016

ReLeaf 2016 was Fantastic! Pics starting HERE


From President David Moore 


It was great seeing so many of you at the New York State ReLeaf Conference last month at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. There were 167 attendees in total, representing all corners of the Empire State as well as some neighboring states. Through a quick show of hands, we learned that a large portion of folks have attended 10 or even 15 or more ReLeaf conferences. There were also dozens of folks who were attending the conference for their first time.

This spectrum of participation illustrates that our state has an established yet growing urban forestry network, which is exciting to see. The elders pass on their experience and knowledge to the new recruits, and in return the new recruits offer enthusiasm and fresh ideas. The benefit is mutual.

To those who aren't so clear on the topic, the NYS Urban Forestry Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works in partnership with the USFS and NYS DEC. ReLeaf committees are local groups of volunteers organized by the NYS DEC across the state. Many Council members are active on their local ReLeaf committee, and vice-versa. The missions are similar and the relationship is mutually beneficial. You can learn more about ReLeaf here and you can read the Council's 2015 Annual Report here. Just like an ecosystem, this complex network of relationships takes some time to fully understand and appreciate.

I hope you enjoy checking out the pictures of the conference on the blog. A big thanks to all the volunteers and staff who helped make the conference possible. If you have any photos you'd like to contribute to the archive, please email them to our editor, Michelle Sutton, at

Wishing you a great month of August,

David Moore


On the Blog 

Photo by Suzie Alvey

Sharon DiLorenzo & Capital Roots 




Looking back with Pride: The Council's 2015 Annual Report 

A document to show our communities the dynamic range of activities of the NYSUFC in tandem with NYS DEC Urban and Community Forestry, from Arbor Day startup grants to the Annual ReLeaf Conference. Please share! 
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. 

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 a 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.

New York State Arborists Fall Conference 
September 25-26, 2016 ♦ Holiday Inn ♦ Liverpool, NY

Join us Sunday, September 25 and Monday, September 26 for an outstanding educational opportunity. Join tree care professionals and arborists from across the state to EXPLORE the latest trends and issues, SHARE ideas and NETWORK with their colleagues.  

The Fall Conference offers diverse education topics, exclusive time to explore innovative products/services and plenty of time to talk and share your experiences with other arboriculture professionals from across the state.

Speakers confirmed to date: 
♦ Brian Eshenaur, Ornamentals IPM Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Monroe County
♦ Don Gabel, Director of Plant Health, New York Botanical Garden
♦ Lorraine Graney, Diagnostic Services Manager, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory
♦ Don Nelson, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Pesticides Management, Pesticides Control Specialist

Preview the schedule and register here

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  

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