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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 in a monthly email newsletter. We anticipate primarily communicating email-only through DEC Delivers by 2021.

The 2021 ReLeaf Conference will be held July 23 virtually - hosted by Western NY ReLeaf. Registration information coming soon!

Date Description Contact
May 6, 2021

Hudson Valley ReLeaf (Region 3) webinar: Climate and Community Forest programs

12 PM - 1:15 PM

Join NYS ReLeaf's Hudson Valley committee for a webinar on Climate and Community Forest programs - ways to implement your vision. This lunch time webinar will introduce you to programs that can help your community get climate smart and prepare your community forest for the future. Angelica Patterson (Master Science Educator, Black Rock Forest and PhD candidate Columbia University) will talk about how plants are responding to warming climate and the factors driving climate-induced tree migrations, while Andy Hillman (Arborist, Urban Forestry Consultant, NYS Urban Forestry Council) will present a selection of trees from other regions evaluated for the Northeast and the importance of considering hardy cultivars for future climates, and Dazzle Ekblad (Climate office, NYS DEC) will introduce the Climate Smart Communities program and how to get started with climate smart programs in your area.

This program is approved for 1.25 credits for certified arborist and municipal arborist with ISA

Registration is free but required to attend. Register in WebEx (leaves DEC's website)

Christina McLaughlin
May 13, 2021

Electrical Hazard Awareness training webinar - hosted by Finger Lakes ReLeaf (Region 8)

9 AM - 12 PM

Join NYS ReLeaf's Finger Lakes Region committee for a virtual electrical hazard awareness training with Dr. John Ball. This virtual training program will be interactive and cover a range of safety-related topics essential for arborists working near energized overhead power lines. This workshop will provide a certificate of attendance tin partial fulfillment of the OSHA and Z133 training requirements for arborists working 10 feet or closer to energized conductors.

Registration is free thanks to the Finger Lakes Region ReLeaf committee. If you are a supervisor with staff attending the training who will need certificates but plan to do a group-viewing of the webinar you must contact us in advance to coordinate certifying attendance.

This webinar is pre-approved for 3 credits for certified arborist, utility specialist, municipal arborist, TW Climber specialist, and TW Aerial lift specialist and for 1.5 credits for BCMA - Practice and BCMA - Management with ISA

Registration is free but required to attend. Register in WebEx (leaves DEC's website)

Christina McLaughlin
May 14, 2021

NYC ReLeaf (Region 2) webinar: Moving Forward: Resiliency through COVID

9 AM - 12 PM

Join NYS ReLeaf's NYC Committee for presentations and break out room discussions on urban forestry in NYC through the last year, and how we can apply lessons learned moving forward. This workshop will include 2 break-out room sessions in which attendees will be grouped with 10-15 other attendees and a facilitator to discuss between presentations. Speakers include Susan M. Donoghue (President, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Administrator), Adrian Benepe (President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden), and Sam Bishop (Director of Urban Forestry and Education, Arborist, Trees New York).

Registration is free but required to attend. Event hosted by ReLeaf partner NYC Parks. Register in Zoom (leaves DEC's website). Please Note: Event will be limited to approximately 100 attendees, but Zoom allows more registrants than that, so please log on promptly to secure your space.

Christina McLaughlin
May 18, 2021

Leatherstocking Region ReLeaf (Region 6 ) webinar: Finding Funding for your Urban and Community Forest Management Programs

10 AM - 12 PM

Join NYS ReLeaf's Leatherstocking Region committee for a workshop on the power of grants and partnerships in furthering municipal urban forestry programs.

Presenters will provide information on the DEC's Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) Grant Program and the importance of engaging other interested organizations to help fund and foster a successful program in your neck of the (urban) woods. Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator Christina Mclaughlin will provide an overview of state and federal funding along with advice and tips for improving your grant applications. City of Watertown Planner, Mike DeMarco, will discuss Watertown's experiences with the DEC's UCF Grant Program and other local groups involved in helping to further Watertown's urban forestry program. Matt Spitsen, Program Manager for the Alliance for Community Trees at Arbor Day Foundation will talk about the importance of partnerships, and how to find and build connections.

This program is pre-approved for 2 credits for certified arborist, municipal specialist, and BCMA - management with ISA

Registration is free but required to attend. Register in WebEx (leaves DEC's website)

Christina McLaughlin
May 27, 2021

Southern Adirondack Region ReLeaf (R5) webinar: Regional Forest Health News

9 AM - 10:30 AM

Join NYS ReLeaf's Southern Adirondack committee for a webinar on Regional Forest Health News. This webinar will touch on several forest health topics currently impacting (or with the potential to impact) the southern and eastern Adirondack areas including emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid, gypsy moth, oak wilt, and spotted lantern fly. Featuring NYS DEC Foresters Jason Denham and Bryan Ellis, NYS DEC Forestry Technician Kelsey McLaughlin, and NYS Agriculture and Markets Field Operations Manager Ethan Angell as speakers.

Continuing education credits for the NYS DEC Pesticides program and ISA may be available.

Registration is free but required to attend. Register in WebEx (leaves DEC's website)

Christina McLaughlin

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