David Moore’s Advice to Budding Urban Foresters

Seven Considerations for Budding Urban Foresters   By David Moore, Senior Tree Supervisor, City of Oakland, California Photos Courtesy David Moore NYSUFC Past President (2015-2017) David Moore, 34, is the recipient of the 2019 Arbor Day Foundation Trailblazer Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in arboriculture and/or urban forestry by professionals under 35. After working for … Read more…

Getting to Know Onondaga Earth Corps Director Greg Michel

Over the years, Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) and the Council have partnered in various fruitful ways. OEC Director Greg Michel (pron. “Michael”) recently joined the Council Board; we wanted to get to know him and OEC better. A Council Blog post about the work of OEC can be seen here. Greg Michel was born in … Read more…

All Thanks to Mary! Pictorial & Tributes to a Phenomenal State Urban Forestry Coordinator

Our longtime, beloved DEC statewide coordinator Mary Kramarchyk has moved on to a position with the Diocese of Albany. A call for tributes to Mary was put out via various media; if you sent one and don’t see it here, or would like to add yours belatedly, please write Council Editor Michelle Sutton at editor@nysufc.org. … Read more…

Up With Trees! SMA Tulsa Conference Highlights

Recently, Council members such as Past President Andy Hillman, Secretary Steve Harris, Board Member James Kaechele, and myself (Blog Editor Michelle Sutton) attended the Annual Conference of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). It was held November 13-14, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to the Partners in Community Forestry Conference on November 15-16. SMA conferences … Read more…

Get to Know Him! Art Traver Edition

Landscape architect and longtime Council Board Member Art Traver works for Wendel Companies out of their Buffalo office.   Were there childhood influences foreshadowing your career?   Art Traver: I think I first noticed the “environment” when I was in Boy Scouts. Our troop had their own camp in Wyoming County. My interest really kicked … Read more…

Top Seven Blog Posts of 2016

Our Council’s blog was viewed more than 19,500 times in 2016! Here are the year’s seven most-viewed posts. Over a thousand people read Participate in the Reintroduction of the American Chestnut … by Simply Planting a Few Nuts. “Now comes the part of getting the blight-resistant trees into the forest. That is where you come in! … Read more…

Syracuse 2016 State of the Urban Forest

City Arborist Steve Harris of the Syracuse Parks Department—who also serves as our Council’s secretary—is pleased to share the release of the 2016 State of the Urban Forest for the City of Syracuse. Steve is an ISA Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist and in addition to being active in the NYSUFC is involved with the … Read more…

NYSUFC Partners with NYSDEC to Award Arbor Day Project Grants

Communities that are just getting their urban forestry programs up and running, take note of this grant opportunity! In future posts, we’ll highlight some of the 2016 celebrations from grant-recipient communities. Stay tuned to the TAKING ROOT monthly e-news to find out when the next round of Arbor Day grant applications opens for 2017 tree plantings/celebrations.  … Read more…

Saratoga Springs & Skidmore College: Seven Things to Anticipate

Saratoga Springs (Pop. ~ 28,000) is a magical kind of town, one that invites you to explore it on foot. There are many reasons you may wish to come early or stay after the ReLeaf Conference (July 14-16), taking place at Skidmore College, ends. *Skidmore College is a 10-minute walk to the very walkable city of Saratoga … Read more…