LINLA Highlights from 2022

After 90 Years, you would think we had seen it all.

But our industry changes and evolves, and LINLA changes and evolves with it. Here is a brief summary of the benefits LINLA provided in 2022. 

EVENTS

Twilight Tours, East & West - Two fantastic tours (Bridge Gardens / Planting Fields Arboretum) that informed and inspired 89 industry professionals.

Fishing Trip, Bass and Blues out of Captree - Another fantastic evening on the waters of Long Island: fun, friends, and fishing.

18th Annual Golf Outing - A successful event and enjoyable day on the links for 136 professionals from around the industry.

Professionals of the Year Honoring LIHREC - Our 56th event celebrated the scientists and professionals of the Lab with over 140 attendees from all segments of the Hort and Ag communities.

PROGRAMS

Grants & Scholarships - The yearly program awarded; 4 Innovation Grants and 4 Academic Scholarships, totaling nearly $19,000. Made possible by successful events and LINLA’s investment accounts.
Facilities Tour, Coby Comes to LI - For the 3rd time, first-year Cobleskill students spent 4 days visiting 13 Horticultural facilities on Long Island. Supported by LINLA Grants.
CNLP Review and Testing - Twenty-two professionals attended training classes and the program graduated 9 New CNLPs.

OUTREACH

Day of Service - Member companies donated time, staff, and equipment to help Planting Fields Arboretum prepare an overgrown area for the installation of a new collection of Broadleaf Evergreens.

Honoring Fritz Schaefer - The Schaefer family was joined by industry professionals to honor Fritz’s contributions to the industry and the family’s donation to the Scholarship fund.

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

Invasive Species - Follow up with NYSDAM on the state of the Invasive Species Regulations as it comes up for review.

Blower Bans - Letters, conversations and guidance regarding the gas-powered equipment regulations in Southampton Town, Southampton Village, Bellport, and East Hills Villages. 

Informing Members of the ongoing threat of; Beech Leaf Disease, Spotted Lanternfly, Box Tree Moth and other pests and diseases. 

Helping Promote; DEC’s Clean Sweep program, NALP’s H2B seminar, and NYCAMH’s Respirator Fit Test opportunities.

Supporting Hands-on Classes at Landcraft Garden Foundation.

Being an Active Member of our Community -  Attending the Long Island Leader's Forum hosted by LIHREC and providing Letters of Support to the Suffolk County Legislature to continue funding vital to Cornell Cooperative Extension programs.