NYC Arbor Day Project, with Youth Growing & Planting 234 Trees

  Due to spring holidays, schools in New York City adopted May 6th as NYC Arbor Day. On that Friday last spring, most of the 59 participating schools planted their trees, which included flowering dogwoods, redbuds, wild cherries, maples, Colorado spruces, red oaks, black walnuts, river birches, honey locusts and black pines. Also planting were … Read more…

Watertown’s 17th Annual Fall Planting Event

Reported by Michael DeMarco, Planner for the City of Watertown and ISA Certified Arborist October 20, 2018 marked the City of Watertown’s 17th Annual Fall Tree Planting event co-sponsored by the City and Tree Watertown, the City’s street tree advisory board. This year’s event was held at Cosgrove–Sherman St. Park. Historically, this large green space has … Read more…

New Windsor’s Inaugural Arbor Day Celebration

On April 27, 2018 the Town of New Windsor Tree Committee, in conjunction with the Town of New Windsor, hosted its inaugural Arbor Day tree dedication ceremony.  Executive Assistant to Town Supervisor George Green / Chief of Staff Colin Schmitt provided this report.  This event was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the New … Read more…

Town of Plattsburgh Arbor Day 2018

  Thank you to Town of Plattsburgh Planning Technician Malana Tamer for providing this report. The Town of Plattsburgh (population app 12,000) is located in Clinton County in the northeastern part of New York State, approximately 65 miles south of Montreal, Canada and on the western shore of Lake Champlain. The Town of Plattsburgh surrounds the separate … Read more…

Manuel Alarcon is 2018 Recipient of Helen Sternberg Cutler Memorial Scholarship in Urban Forestry

By Lewis Cutler I am pleased to announce that Manuel A. Alarcon, a senior at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), was awarded the Helen Sternberg Cutler Memorial Scholarship in Urban Forestry for 2018. He will be graduating with a BS in Forest Resources Management. He is exactly the kind of recipient to … Read more…

Urban Tree of Merit: Overcup Oak

Tree of Merit: Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) Story by Cene Ketcham, Extension Arborist, Casey Trees Overcup oak (Quercus lyrata)—sometimes known as swamp post oak or water white oak—is a tough shade tree in the white oak group. Though it can sometimes be difficult to source, its popularity for use along streets and in the landscape … Read more…

NYC Parks’ Liam Kavanagh Brings Big-Picture Discussion to Council Board

Last month, NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner  Liam Kavanagh came and spoke with the Council Board at their meeting at the NYSDEC Region 2 office on Long Island. Commissioner Kavanagh discussed three national, big-picture urban forestry projects with the Board: the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan, a report on the Impact of Urban and Community Forestry … Read more…

Ashleigh Pettus and Trees New York’s Young Urban Forester Internship

Ashleigh Pettus is the Operations Manager & Environmental Educator for Trees New York. She coordinates the organization’s summer Young Urban Forester Internship, which began in 2008.   Can you tell us about your educational background and how you came to Trees New York? Ashleigh Pettus: I graduated from Lehman College in 2016 with a BA in … Read more…