Date(s) - Thursday, May 20, 2021
NY ReLeaf will present its annual conference in a virtual format on Friday, July 23.
The Western NY Region ReLeaf committee has put together a slate of speakers. John McNeil (certified arborist, certified municipal specialist, registered professional forester) starts 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 (agriculture and natural resources educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County) and Ross Hassinger (city forester, City of Buffalo) as they share information on the Community Tree Stewards program, and Greg Robinson (director of park administration, Olmsted Parks) as he discusses how to manage an urban forest in a public/private partnership.
ReLeaf brings together tree care professionals, municipal staff, utility arborists, state and local government officials, educators, tree board members, and interested members of the public in support of urban forestry across the state.
The conference is an opportunity for anyone interested in urban forestry to come together, make connections, and learn new topics from speakers around the state and northeast.
The program promotes the value of trees, proper tree care, and sound urban forest management practices by connecting communities to technical expertise, information and resources, training, and potential funding sources that will help them meet their local needs and maintain and improve their urban forests.