Deadline for SMA and Partners extended to October 18th. Deadline for MFI extended to October 31st.
September 17, 2019 by Michelle Sutton
One of the benefits of being a Council member is being eligible for these conference and training scholarships. Please use the brief scholarship application form to apply to any of these:
- Society of Municipal Arborists 55th Annual International Conference and Trade Show – $199 scholarships available, deadline Oct 18. For urban forestry professionals and those in allied fields like park management, landscape architecture, and city planning.
- 2019 Partners in Community Forestry Conference – $399 scholarships available, deadline Oct 18. “Partners” is THE conference for staff and volunteers in the nonprofit sphere of community forestry, but is also of interest to a wide range of professionals.
- $1,000 scholarship for MFI 2020, deadline October 31. The Municipal Forestry Institute is a weeklong training in leadership skills for municipal foresters and anyone looking to more effectively navigate within a governmental space, including contractors who work with munis.
NYSUFC General Scholarship Application.pdf
One of the benefits of being a Council member is being eligible for these conference and training scholarships. Please use the attached form to apply to any of these:
· Society of Municipal Arborists 55th Annual International Conference and Trade Show – $199 scholarships available, deadline Oct 4
· 2019 Partners in Community Forestry Conference – $399 scholarships available, deadline Oct 4
- $1,000 scholarship for MFI 2020, deadline October 18th.
NYSUFC General Scholarship Application.docx
Dear Council Members & Friends,There will be a celebratory gathering and tree dedication on Saturday August 3rd, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell to remember Brian Skinner. His family will be present and this will be a chance to share funny and cherished stories about Brian.
Brian chose his own memorial tree, a ‘Bonfire’ sugar maple. It’s located in the maple section of the Newman Arboretum. Please see the attached map and note where the little yellow and white icon is (look toward the east end of the map). That’s where the gathering will take place.
For questions please contact Lori at
You can get information about the Arboretum, which is part of Cornell Botanic Gardens, at cornellbotanicgardens.org.
Sugar Maple memorial trees.pdf
Dear Members+ of the Council,
Our longtime Council friend and champion Brian Skinner has passed away. The details for services, and a link to Brian’s obituary, are below. If you have a story of a time spent with Brian, or something nice that he did for you, or any other memory to share, could you please reply to this email to share your anecdote with editor Michelle? Thank you.
Calling Hours for Brian will be from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 29th at the Schepp Family Funeral Home. They are located at: 6530 Schepp’s Corners Road,
Minoa, NY, 13116.
Brian’s Funeral Services are scheduled for 11am, Friday, November 30th at the same location.
Brian has requested donations in lieu of flowers. He suggested either the American Lung Association at www.lung.org or the Tree Fund at treefund.org.
Brian’s obituary can be viewed either later tonight at www.scheppfamily.com or tomorrow morning at www.syracuse.com.
Editor, Blog & E-news
New York State Urban Forestry Council
Dear Council Members+Two important posts to flag – kindly share with your networks. Thanks!
1. Venue and dates for ReLeaf 2019:
2. A stipend opportunity for current and future urban forestry professionals of ethnic and racial diversity to attend the 2019 Municipal Forestry Institute:
Cornell Urban Hort Institute Professor Nina is ready for her unique hybrid urban-tolerant oaks to be planted out in communities where she can further evaluate them. This is a fantastic opportunity – please share with your networks.
Dear Council members and friends,It’s a time of big change for the Council. You’ll see the news quoted below in the October newsletter from President Karen Emmerich. Mary’s last day is this Friday.
Many of you have been touched by Mary’s dedicated work and steadfast kindness over nearly 20 years. If you would like to wish her well in an upcoming blog post, please send me your reflection by end of business this Friday, Sept 28. General appreciations and specific short anecdotes are welcome. Thank you! Michelle
"We are also going to say goodbye to Mary Beck (Kramarchyk), who is leaving NYSDEC and taking a new position with the Archdiocese of New York. Mary has been the face of New York State’s Urban Forestry program for many years, and it’s hard to imagine a conference or a Tree City luncheon without her welcoming and inclusive manner. We wish her the best in her new pursuits, and hope that she understands how much we appreciate all that she’s done for the Council and urban forestry over the years."