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     TAKING ROOT  June 2016

Saratoga Springs Conference Registration!
"Dig In" to this year's excellent program, brought to you by the Region 5 ReLeaf Conference organizing commitee ...  

From President David Moore 


First off, I'd like to announce that this summer's ReLeaf Conference brochure is hot off the press! The Region 5 ReLeaf committee has been working diligently since last fall to organize the upcoming conference, which will take place at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on July 14-16th. Please review the brochure and register at your earliest convenience; the late registration fee kicks in June 25th.

Memorial Day is typically the end of the spring tree planting season for most of us, so I hope you had many happy plantings. Do you have any photos or stories to share about your tree planting season? We'd love to see and hear them! Please email our editor Michelle at You'll find a lot of great urban forestry news articles that were posted in our blog in May, including one about very adorable goats going to work on the weeds in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Happy Reading!


David Moore

Also on the Blog 


Urban Forestry in the News: Goats in Prospect Park, David Nowak/i-Tree, Pelham Bay Park Research, more

Energy-Saving Trees Program: PSEG Long Island Provided 1,000 Free Trees to Customers



Fifth Grader Maheen Naqvi Creates “Un-Fir-Gettable” Arbor Day Poster
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

The 2016 NYSA Tree Climbing Championship will be held on Saturday, June 18 at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY. (Rain date is Sunday, June 19). Climber registration is sold out but a wait list is being kept.  

The New York State Tree Climbing Championship is a gathering of the top tree workers in New York who display their tree climbing skills and abilities in a series of competitive events. Join them at the beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum to learn new techniques, visit with friends and win great prizes.

The winner will be named New York State Champion and will represent our state at the 2017 ISA International Tree Climbing Championship. For more info, see

2016 TRAQ Program - Oyster Bay

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
November 14-16, 2016
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, 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.

Deadline to Register is October 14, 2016! Spaces are limited to 40 people on a first come, first served basis.

Register online here or download a registration form.

Course Pricing
• ISA/NYSA member: $625.00 USD
• Non-member: $750.00 USD
Payment must accompany registration form unless other arrangements are made.  Member pricing is an exclusive benefit to ISA and NYSA members only. You must be a current ISA or NYSA member at the time of registration. All others will be charged non-member registration rates.

Please be advised no discount will be offered for those who have previously purchased the manual.

• Skip Kincaid
• Norm Easey

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