UHI Research Conclusions: Scoop & Dump Soil Remediation Strategy

In their recent paper in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, “Long-Term Remediation of Compacted Urban Soils by Physical Fracturing and Incorporation of Compost,” study authors Miles Sax, Nina Bassuk, Harold van Es, and Don Rakow published their findings after twelve years of applied research. The technique, “Scoop & Dump Soil Remediation,” was introduced in a … Read more…

Dr. Ed Gilman on Semi-Retirement, the Research Trail He Leaves Behind, and the Nexus of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

Dr. Ed Gilman is a popular presenter among NY arborists and members of our state’s U&CF community, giving talks based on his decades of applied research at the University of Florida (UFL) and countless field observations and conversations with arborists. Gilman retired from UFL in July but— happily for our industry—he is going to continue … Read more…

Urban Forestry in the News: Goats, David Nowak/i-Tree, Pelham Bay Park Research, more

In “Can Hungry Goats Restore Urban Forests?” writer Jessica Leigh Hester describes how officials are using a herd of goats in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to browse invasive plants that took hold after Hurricane Sandy blew down trees, leaving open earth exposed to sunlight. The herd is on loan from Green Goats Farm in Rhinebeck, New … Read more…

Ed Gilman Pruning Research Update: Reduction Pruning to Prevent Storm Damage

By Michelle Sutton Photos courtesy of the authors of Structural Pruning: A Guide for the Green Industry (Urban Tree Foundation 2013). Studying tree pruning and its effects on tree stability is a classic form of applied research—and can be a little lonely. “Only a few researchers are tackling pruning right now, and that can be … Read more…

Cornell Urban Hort Institute: Interesting Research Continues Apace

The Council’s longtime Board member and beloved speaker, Nina Bassuk, gives us an update on three areas of research underway at UHI. Dr. Bassuk will be the plenary speaker for the NYSUFC Conference this July. (Register now for best rate!)  New Oaks for Tough Sites  Dr. Nina Bassuk founded and directs Cornell’s Urban Horticulture Institute … Read more…

ReLeaf Conference Resources

2018 Plan-It Geo: Tree Plotter Inventory Management Software and Best Practices Chris Peiffer, Director of Urban Forestry Consulting New York Tree Law Laura Ayers, Esq. Legal Liability for Trees Laura Ayers, Esq. Right Tree, Right Place Jim Maloney, National Grid Underutilized Trees and Large Shrubs for the Landscape Tom Draves, Certified Arborist, Draves Tree Service … Read more…

Accounting for Trees in Stormwater Models

This paper is intended to help the stormwater engineering community more easily account for trees in runoff and pollutant load calculations so that they can more readily incorporate them into their stormwater management strategies. It summarizes existing hydrologic and hydraulic models that can be applied at the site and small watershed scales to account for … Read more…

Vicki Christiansen Sworn in as Chief of U.S. Forest Service

Significant funding for urban forestry at the state level comes from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS); see the role that the USFS plays with urban forests here. It’s important to get to know our national leadership, like newly sworn in USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen.  Vicki Christiansen serves as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s … Read more…

Cornell Opens New Sustainable Landscapes Trail

With excerpts from Cornell Chronicle and the CU Sustainable Landscapes Trail web page On October 5th, 2018, Nina Bassuk led a tour of the new Sustainable Landscapes Trail on the Cornell campus after an opening ceremony in which, instead of ribbon-cutting, officials celebrated with a “downpour” of water onto the permeable asphalt of the Peterson parking … Read more…