Sally Kellogg’s New Position with Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve

Sally and her boyfriend Jon live together on Long Island.

Sally Kellogg left her NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator position at the end of December. “I’m sad to be leaving my urban forestry family but excited for the next chapter in my life,” she says. Sally had worked in the department since July, 2012.

Sally and her boyfriend Jon purchased a home on Long Island in September, 2018. Last week, Sally started working for the Long Island South Shore Estuary program, which is administered by the Department of State. The program oversees the health of 75 miles of estuary coast, known as the South Shore Estuary Reserve, from the Queens/Nassau County line eastward about 75 miles to the Village of Southampton in Suffolk County.

Sally’s education at SUNY Stony Brook (class of 2012) prepared Sally well for this position: she majored in Environmental Science with concentrations in Marine Environment and Environmental Law. And of course, her years of experience in the DEC urban forestry program will also serve her well. “I know the skills I developed and partners I met while in the urban forestry program will translate to the new position,” Sally says. “I look forward to the new challenges and experiences.”

The Council is going to miss you dearly, Sally. You are very highly esteemed in this organization, and we wish you nothing but the best!

Apply for 2019 Arbor Day Community Grants!

2019 Arbor Day Community Grant Notice

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The NYS Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce available funding for small communities to have a 2019 Arbor Day tree planting event and to establish a community-based forestry program. This funding has been provided by the USDA Forest Service (and is NOT associated with the Arbor Day Foundation nor is part of the NYS DEC EPF community grants program).

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to communities or non-profits (that work in partnership with communities) to celebrate Arbor Day 2019 by both planting a tree (or trees)and forming a volunteer tree committee or tree board within the municipality. To be considered for a grant, please complete and return the application and requested documentation.

Besides planting trees, the intent of this grant is to help promote and establish a meaningful community forestry program. Communities that are currently a Tree City USA or those that have any component of the Tree City USA program, such as a tree ordinance, tree board, tree inventory or management plan are ineligible. Previous NYS Arbor Day Community Grant recipients are also ineligible. 

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ReLeaf 2018 Conference Presentations Online

Weren’t able to attend ReLeaf at Rochester last summer? Or attended, but want to revisit content from these popular sessions? The links to the 2018 presentations are here: 

Services for Our Friend, Brian Skinner

Our longtime Council friend and champion Brian Skinner has passed away. RIP to a kind and generous man, devoted to family, his profession, and the Council. The details for services, and a link to Brian’s obituary, are below.

If you have a story of a time spent with Brian, or something nice that he did for you, or any other memory to share, could you please share your anecdote with editor Michelle at Thank you.

Calling Hours for Brian will be from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 29th at the Schepp Family Funeral Home. They are located at: 6530 Schepp’s Corners Road, Minoa, NY, 13116.

Brian’s Funeral Services are scheduled for 11am, Friday, November 30th at the same location.

Brian has requested donations in lieu of flowers. He suggested either the American Lung Association at or the Tree Fund at

Brian’s obituary can be viewed at or at