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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.

Date Description Contact
July 23, 2021

2021 ReLeaf Conference

The Western NY Region ReLeaf committee has worked hard to put together a slate of speakers for a virtual conference you won't want to miss!

We are excited to have John McNeil (certified municipal specialist, registered professional forester) start us off with how to turn plans into policy to help your municipality's urban forestry program be successful. Learn about partnerships in the Buffalo region with Sharon Bachman (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County) and Ross Hassinger (City of Buffalo) as they share information on the Community Tree Stewards program, and Greg Robinson (Olmsted Parks) as he discusses how to manage an urban forest in a public/private partnership.

See the full lineup of speakers on the conference website (leaves DEC website).

Register online through the NYS Urban Forestry Council (leaves DEC website).

Continuing education credits with ISA, DEC Pesticides, SAF, and CNLP available

Christina Mclaughlin
October 1, 2021

Central NY ReLeaf Workshop - Soil Science and Management in Urban Forestry

9 AM - 12 PM at Cornell University (in-person workshop)

Presentations by Nina Bassuk and Barbara Neal

Healthy soils provide essential functions to the urban forest environment. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn about urban forestry from two renowned experts of soil science. This will be an on-site, field event and attendees will rotate through a series of interactive stations, including topics of:

  • Introduction to Soils
  • Strategies for Remediating Compromised Soils in the Urban Environment
  • Impacts to Tree Health as a Result of Compacted Soils
  • Measuring Compacted Soils
  • Value of Soil Texture and Drainage Characteristics
  • Influences of Soil pH on the Urban Forest
  • Soils Management During Construction Activity

Workshop cost: $15/person, $10 NYSUF Council and ReLeaf committee members. Workshop limited to 50 attendees. Registration coming soon!

(*Note: on-site parking is approximately $10, carpooling encouraged)

Christina Mclaughlin

Visit DEC's Calendar of Events for a full listing of all agency activities.