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     TAKING ROOT  March 2015

On the Blog  
Ten Ways to Make Arbor Day a True Community Event  


Message from President Andy Hillman  

Quick Start to Arbor Day

When 9 degrees F above zero and no wind feels balmy, the winter has been too long and too cold. We turn the clocks ahead (spring ahead) this weekend making it the shortest weekend of the year, but that’s OK because it means that the vernal equinox is just a couple weeks away.

The NYSUFC recently awarded Quick Start Grants of up to $1000 each to 12 New York communities or non-profits that want to work in partnership with municipalities to celebrate Arbor Day 2015 and form a shade tree committee.

The recipients of the grants are Village of Fort Plain/Town of Minden, Village of Brightwaters, City of Peekskill, Town of Lorraine, City of Utica, Village of Bayville, Town of Chester, Town of Warwick, Town of Owasco, Village of Hillburn, Village of Trumansburg, and Village of Kinderhook. Congratulations!

Now is the time to start finalizing your Arbor Day plans. I recommend reading a recent post on the TAKING ROOT blog called “Ten Ways to Make Arbor Day a True Community Event.” Our blog editor, Michelle Sutton, would like to hear about how you are celebrating Arbor Day for a future post. Send a short description and pics to

Trees are ordered, sites have been chosen, and our shovels are sharp. Believe it or not, spring is close. Don’t panic and March on! 
—Andy Hillman,

Also on the Blog ... 

Buffalo City Forester Ross Hassinger  
A New Method for Streamlining Tree Selection in NYC 
(Think Biotopes!) By David Moore
Utica's Terry Hawkridge: Get to Know Him! 





Join Us for the DEC Awards Ceremony

The NYS DEC Urban Forestry section has developed strong partnerships with communities, college campuses, and utilities with regard to the National Arbor Day Foundation recognition programs.
This year, DEC will be celebrating our 9th Annual Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, March 26th at the Albany Hilton Hotel. We will be recognizing Tree Cities, Tree Campuses, and Tree Line Utilities as well as recognizing the New York State Arbor Day Poster Contest winner and announcing the Urban Forestry Program Awards. Communities are invited to bring up to two people to the event and must RSVP at 
518-402-9425 or email

Save the Date

The New York ReLeaf Conference will be held at SUNY ESF in Syracuse

July 16-18, 2015 


Workshop Invitation

Integrating Downtown Revitalization & Complete Streets Planning Using Street Trees, Porous Pavement and Structural Soils

March 19, 2015 10:00 am – 4:15 pm

The Nyack Library 59 S. Broadway, Nyack NY

Complete details HERE

Rochester Winter Tree ID Workshop

Thursday, April 2, 2015


171 Reservoir Ave – Olmstead Lodge Highland Park, Rochester, N.Y

Details are HERE

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