Council President Karen Emmerich (at left) has nurtured the spirit of advocacy required in these times to keep urban and community forestry properly funded. Here, conferees send postcards to legislators about why UCF funding is so vital. All photos by Michelle Sutton

ReLeafers had fabulous weather for their tour of Rochester’s iconic Mount Hope Cemetery.

The Council Members Reception on Thursday evening came with complimentary drinks and catered eats.

OEC Green Infrastructure Crew Leader Ben Loiselle shows off the OEC T-shirt design.

Council President Karen Emmerich thanked all present at the Council members annual meeting for their ongoing volunteer efforts of behalf of UCF in New York State.

Council Board Member Mike DeMarco has taken a special interest in advocacy for UCF. Council Executive Secretary Liana Gooding pulled together handsome professional signage, banner, etc for the Advocacy Table, now a fixture at the annual conference.

Arborist and SUNY ESF graduate Angelo Schembari formed CGL Arbor Services in 2014. He has pioneered large-scale hemlock woolly adelgid treatments in New York State, including for numerous State parks and historically significant sites. He has treated trees for emerald ash borer for the municipalities of Syracuse, Ithaca, and Cayuga Heights.

Young urban forestry advocates using their voices.