ReLeaf Retrospective: Part II

The speakers for 2014 ReLeaf at Hofstra were dynamite! Here are some of them: 

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ReLeaf 2014 at Hofstra: The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Forest Health Protection Bill Toomey was our keynote speaker on the many urban-forestry related initiatives TNC is now involved with, including the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities project. Bill brought a great sense of humor to his presentation.
ReLeaf 2014: Why is 'Right Plant, Right Place' not enough anymore? What underused street trees, like American smoketree, hardy rubber tree, and Miyabe maple should we be considering? Also, how are uniform allees akin to "tree pornography?" Dr. Nina Bassuk covered a lot of territory in her talk, "Trees for the Urban Landscape."
ReLeaf 2014: Why is ‘Right Plant, Right Place’ not enough anymore? What underused street trees, like American smoketree, hardy rubber tree, and Miyabe maple should we be considering? Also, how are uniform allees akin to “tree pornography?” Dr. Nina Bassuk covered a lot of territory in her talk, “Trees for the Urban Landscape.”
The beloved Jim Kisker of Schichtel's Nursery has been a steadfast ally to the urban forestry community. His and Schichtel's support of affordable bare root transplanting has revolutionized the UF landscape! Jim presented with his colleague Bill Snyder of Greenleaf Supplies on "The Decline of the Urban Forest and Pesticide Resistance: How to Make Your UF More Resilient."
The beloved Jim Kisker of Schichtel’s Nursery has been a steadfast ally to the urban forestry community. His and Schichtel’s support of affordable bare root transplanting has revolutionized the UF landscape! Jim presented with his colleague Bill Snyder of Greenleaf Supplies on “The Decline of the Urban Forest and Pesticide Resistance: How to Make Your UF More Resilient.”
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CCE Nassau County Horticulture Educator Vinnie Drzewucki (pron. “Sha-VOOT-ski”) gave a great talk on “Breaking the Fear of Trees,” How to Help the Public Overcome their Dendrophobia. Would love to do a blog post of Vinnie’s talk; it was very enlightening — e.g., more people die from jellyfish encounters than from tree encounters! 
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Hofstra Arboretum Director Fred Soviero gave an unforgettable, high-energy tour of the Campus/Arboretum. More about the campus in the next blog post!

ReLeaf Retrospective: Part I

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ReLeaf 2014 at Hofstra: First order of business, hugging our friends and colleagues! Here, Nancy Needham, Chairwoman of the Manlius Tree Commission and Andy Hillman of the Davey Resource Group.
Next order of business: learn your way around. Michelle Sutton's first time at Hofstra.
Next order of business: learn your way around. TAKING ROOT Editor Michelle Sutton’s first time at Hofstra.
Next, get settled into super comfy digs and enjoy the view from the 10th floor. Start to realize that the Hofstra Campus is a horticultural Disneyland.
Next, get settled into super comfy digs and enjoy the view from the 10th floor. Start to realize that the Hofstra Campus is a horticultural Disneyland.

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ReLeaf Conference Coming Up! Some Highlights from the Program

The 22ND Annual NYS ReLeaf Conference   

July 17-19 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY

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Please see the full program here.   HIGHLIGHTS: 

Nina_Bassuk_250pxPlenary Session: Trees for the Urban Landscape This presentation will showcase Nina’s knowledge and recommendations for the best trees to use in urban settings. Municipalities will learn the best management practices to improve the best uses of plants within the urban ecosystem. The broader audience made up of volunteers and professionals will hear of the latest resources available to integrate technology and science into local landscapes. Demonstration sites using soil technology will show past and present success stories. —Dr. Nina Bassuk, Executive Director, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 

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