Message from President Andy Hillman
Quick Start to Arbor Day
When 9 degrees F above zero and no wind feels balmy, the winter has been too long and too cold. We turn the clocks ahead (spring ahead) this weekend making it the shortest weekend of the year, but that’s OK because it means that the vernal equinox is just a couple weeks away.
The NYSUFC recently awarded Quick Start Grants of up to $1000 each to 12 New York communities or non-profits that want to work in partnership with municipalities to celebrate Arbor Day 2015 and form a shade tree committee.
The recipients of the grants are Village of Fort Plain/Town of Minden, Village of Brightwaters, City of Peekskill, Town of Lorraine, City of Utica, Village of Bayville, Town of Chester, Town of Warwick, Town of Owasco, Village of Hillburn, Village of Trumansburg, and Village of Kinderhook. Congratulations!
Now is the time to start finalizing your Arbor Day plans. I recommend reading a recent post on the TAKING ROOT blog called “Ten Ways to Make Arbor Day a True Community Event.” Our blog editor, Michelle Sutton, would like to hear about how you are celebrating Arbor Day for a future post. Send a short description and pics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trees are ordered, sites have been chosen, and our shovels are sharp. Believe it or not, spring is close. Don’t panic and March on!
—Andy Hillman, Andrew.Hillman@Davey.com