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Urban and Community Forestry Upcoming Activities

DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program (UCF) is changing how we promote workshops, conferences and grant opportunities. We encourage you to sign up for emails through DEC Delivers. In addition to urban forestry topics, you will receive information on forests, plants and land conservation across the state. We anticipate primarily communicating email-only through DEC Delivers by 2021.

The 2021 ReLeaf Conference is July 22-24, 2021 in Buffalo, NY!

Date Description Contact
September 23, 2020

Webinar - Hosted by Finger Lakes ReLeaf at 10 AM

"What's Eating My Trees and How Do I Kill Them" An overview of the gypsy moth outbreak in WNY, how trees responded to the stress, and how you can help!

Join us for a webinar on the outbreak of gypsy moth this year featuring speakers from DEC's Invasive Species and Forest Health group. We'll also discuss the biology and physiology of stress responses in trees with Finger Lakes Community College professor Shawn Kenaley, and what you can for your trees with ISA Certified Arborist Noreen Riordan of Bartlett Tree Experts. Full agenda will be emailed to registrants a few days before the event.

This webinar is approved for the following continuing education credits: CNLP (1.25 credits), DEC Pesticide applicator category 10, 2, 3a, 25, and 9 (0.75 credits), SAF (2 credits), ISA credits (1.75 credits certified arborist, municipal specialist, TW climber specialist, TW aerial lift specialist, 1 credit BCMA - Science, 0.75 credits BCMA - Practice), .

Registration is required, click here to register in WebEx

Christina McLaughlin
September 29, 2020

Tour of Draves Arboretum - hosted by Western NY ReLeaf

Registration required - space is limited! - Register for the tour here

We invite you to take a hike! Join Western NY ReLeaf at Drave's Arboretum in Darien on Tuesday, September 29th for an educational tour. This short field-based workshop will cover topics including tree identification, disease diagnosis/mitigation, and choosing the right tree for the right site. Everyone is welcome, but the event will be especially valuable to municipalities, arborists, and landscape professionals. Plan to spend three hours touring the grounds and be prepared for inclement weather, masks and social distancing will be required. Cost is $12.00 cash upon entry, limit is 30 attendees - advanced registration required. ISA continuing education credits (3 hours) will be offered on completion. Hope to see you there!

Draves Arboretum is a not-for-profit facility with a Level 3 ArbNet certification. Its approximately 20 acres holds over 800 species of woody trees and shrubs. The arboretum regularly offers trainings in all areas of arboriculture to municipalities, industry professionals, universities, and the community at large.

When: Tuesday, September 29th, 10am-1pm

Cost: $12 upon entry, Cash Only!

Christina McLaughlin
October 2 and 9, 2020

2-part Webinar - Hosted by NYC ReLeaf 9 AM

"Creating Connections: Volunteers and Professionals"

Join NYC ReLeaf for a 2-part webinar series on Creating Connections: Volunteers and professionals. This virtual workshop features presentations on environmental education and volunteers, urban soils, a discussion of the Play Fair initiative and its impact on the City's tree budget, and virtual tours of Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens and the Greenbelt Native Plant center. Part one will be October 2 and Part 2 on October 9th, both days the webinar starts at 9 AM.

Part 1 Presentations:
Virtual tour of Snug Harbor presented by Greg Lord - Director of Horticulture, Staten Island Botanical Garden
NYC Soils presented by Rich Shaw - Retired, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Environmental education in a natural setting presented by Suzannah Abbate - Director of Education & Engagement, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and Maritza Cuevas - Director of Education, Greenbelt Conservancy

Part 2 Presentations:
Urban forests: A nexus of carbon, climate, and community presented by Andrew Reinmann - Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Hunter College
Seeing the forest for the money trees (Play Fair) presented by Emily Walker - Director of Outreach and Programs, New Yorkers for Parks and Sarah Charlop-Powers -Executive Director and Co-Founder, Natural Areas Conservancy
Virtual tour of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center presented by Nate McVay - Nursery Manager, Greenbelt Native Plant Center, NYC Parks

This webinar is approved for the following continuing education credits:
CNLP - 1 hour for part 1, 2 hours for part 2)
ISA certified arborist or municipal specialist - 1.5 hours for part 1, 2 hours for part 2

Registration is required, you must register for Part 1 and Part 2 separately: click here to register for part 1 in WebEx and click here to register for part 2 in WebEx

Christina McLaughlin
Date TBD

WORKSHOP - Southern Adirondacks (Region 5)
Location: Lake George Historical Association Courthouse

"Building and Maintaining Your Healthy Community Forest"

Details and registration coming soon

Christina McLaughlin
October 16, 2020

Webinar Hosted by Central NY ReLeaf

"Municipal Tree Ordinances and Associated Management Implications"

Join Central NY ReLeaf for a community forestry webinar all about tree ordinances - creating new ones or updating the ones you have! The City of Ithaca has recently improved their site plan review ordinance, and Jeanne Grace will talk about the process, the preservation of existing trees, and the creation of suitable infrastructure for new trees. Then Jim Maloney of National Grid will present "How we can use Mary Shelby's Frankenstein to Build Out First Tree Ordinance" - a review of learning experiences gained from developing initial tree ordinances. And then Laura Ayers will present on legal concerns for easements, infrastructure, and management of urban forests.

ISA and CNLP credits are pending.

Registration is required: click here to register in WebEx

Christina McLaughlin
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