A ReLeaf to Remember: Part I

IMG_9330Meeting the men and women who are restoring the American chestnut, exploring the Alvar plant community on the new green roof, connecting with the Onondaga Earth Corps … there were so many highlights for the 185 attendees of the 2015 ReLeaf Conference at SUNY ESF. A special shout-out to the Region 7 folks who worked hard to put on the best program and presenters:

Kristina Ferrare, Steve Harris
Fran Lawlor, Jessi Lyons
Chris Manchester, Doug Morrison
Greg Owens, Brian “the Brain” Skinner, Pat Tobin, and Kate Woodle

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Mealtime conversations were the best! SUNY ESF graduate student Leanna Kirschen (left) works with Syracuse City Forester Steve Harris, and Tony Suave (right) works with the Onondaga Earth Corps.
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Exploring the Gateway Center green roof with beloved ESF Professor Dr. Don Leopold.

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And later, Dr. Leopold took us on a tour of trees of campus and the magnificent Oakville Cemetery.
Andy Hillman, who served for four years as NYSUFC president, passed the torch to David Moore. Andy, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude. David gave a moving and motivating acceptance speech.
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NYSUFC Executive Secretary Liana Gooding with her husband, DEC Forester and SUNY ESF alum Mark Gooding. 
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What a profound pleasure it was to meet up, learn, and dine together in SUNY ESF’s LEED Platinum Certified Gateway Center, one of the nation’s top 10 green buildings.

to be continued …

5 thoughts on “A ReLeaf to Remember: Part I”

  1. Enjoyed participating in ReLeaf at ESF. Learned a lot and was glad that our high school student working on her Gold Award with the Garden City Bird Sanctuary came to learn about the Chestnut tree research!

  2. I’m an Ambassador Girl Scout. As I’m working on my Gold Award, my project is focused on educating people about the American Chestnut tree and its history while also growing trees of my own. I attended this conference with my mother to learn more about what is being done to help revitalize the tree populations, and I’m not disappointed with what I have learned! From the talk about ESF’s efforts to seeing the greenhouses… I am very thankful to have attended, and for having interacted with such interesting people!

  3. I am so happy to have been able to attend the conference once again. Very much looking forward to next year and beyond! #treenerdstatus

  4. The planning committee for this year’s conference was really great to work with and did a great job! Brian Skinner…you leave no detail forgotten! Thank you! We had representatives from many city departments attend the Friday morning sessions and they were really impressed with speakers (Bill Powell and Charles Maynard on Chestnut Restoration), Dave Nowak on Urban Forest in Changing Landscape and Jerry Carlson on EAB). Nowak’s talk in particular was enlightening to everyone and helped them realize the value and importance of trees as infrastructure.

  5. Anyone interested in helping with the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project can contact me. I encourage anyone interested to join The American Chestnut Foundation so I can keep you updated on our progress and I send pure wild type American chestnut nuts to all members. That is so they will have wild type trees to cross with our transgenic tree when it is available, which we now estimate to be just 3-5 years. http://acf.donorshops.com/product/C60EB64/membership.php

    fajknichols.75@gmail or 607-263-5105 to contact me.

    Thanks, Allen Nichols
    President, TACF-NY

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