Your Input Sought on a Possible New Urban Forest Certification Standard

From David Sivyer, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service 

Greetings Urban and Community Forestry Program Managers and friends,

Urban and community forests are a significant resource in North America and are likely to continue to increase in significance based upon demographic, economic, and environmental trends. As such, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is hosting a webinar on June 9, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 PM eastern time to explore the potential value of collaborating to develop a customized urban forest certification standard. Input received from participants during the webinar will inform a task work group that is being convened to assess the need for the standard.

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Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of nearby residents.

However, natural areas are threatened by development as city populations grow, and are susceptible to invasive plants and fragmentation all of which can lead to a decline in forest health and the benefits they can provide.

In this webinar, Sarah Charlop-Powers and Dr. Clara Pregitzer of the Natural Areas Conservancy will introduce the challenges and opportunities of managing forests in cities, including 25 case studies from 12 cities across the U.S., and Forest Service research ecologist Dr. Rich Hallett will present a silvicultural framework for assessment and management of forests in cities, adapted from rural forest management practice. Together, the team will introduce viewers to a new collaborative network of cities and share successful strategies from across the nation.

2020 ReLeaf Conference in Buffalo Rescheduled for 2021

 

In case you missed the announcement in May’s TAKING ROOT news

From President Karen Emmerich

Sadly, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel the 2020 ReLeaf conference scheduled for July 23-25th in Buffalo. But the good news is that the Region 9 ReLeaf group has agreed to host the conference next summer, so put July 22-24th, 2021 on your calendar. We don’t want all their hard work to be in vain. It’s disappointing, but I think it’s the right decision.

I know many people had to postpone or cancel their Arbor Day celebrations, but in my town, we’re going to focus on an Arbor Week celebration in November. We’re all trying to make the best of a tough situation, so we have to be creative. As things open up in the months ahead, I hope we can re-establish our regional meetings/workshops. But until then, please stay safe and take time to smell the flowers.

Trees Naturally Social Distance (and So Can You!): Planning Safe Tree Planting Events for the Fall

Iowa-based Trees Forever has done some socially-distanced planting events this spring, and in this webinar they share what has worked for them, what to consider, and ways to make it work. They walk through some great tips as well as the online-survey they’re using to manage volunteers signing up for shifts to plant. These guidelines are included in the Trees Forever webinar and will be a great resource for ReLeaf Committee members and partners hoping to plan some fall planting events.  —Christina McLaughlin, NYSDEC Urban & Community Partnership Coordinator 

Green-Wood Cemetery “Zooming in on Nature” Series

Photo Credit: Art Presson

Join Green-Wood staff and their research collaborators on Zoom on four Fridays: May 15, May 22, May 29, and June 5 from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about urban grasslands, veteran trees, common mushrooms, and wild bees at Brooklyn’s storied Green-Wood. Free; simple registration for each program.

Zooming in on Urban Grasslands at Green-Wood

Zooming in on Veteran Trees

Zooming in on Identifying Common Mushrooms

Zooming in on Wild Bees: Behavior at Habitat

 

 

Virtual, Free NYS 4-H Forestry Course for Ages 10+ Starts May 9

The 2020 New York State 4-H Forestry Weekend has been reborn as a virtual learning experience! There will be five Saturday evening Zoom events that will include videos from various Cooperative Extension/4-H systems or related companies, as well as some made by our very own 4-Hers. Youth 10 and over, will learn about how to identify trees, how to measure diameter and log productions in trees, basic map & compass skills, as well forest ecology and tree pests and diseases. All of these programs are free to all participants. Those youth who complete the entire list of activities, including the online polls, and chats will receive a free related to the program.

Schedule:

May 9th, 2020 Introduction 6:30pm
May 16th, 2020 Tree Identification 6:30pm
May 23rd, 2020 Map & Compass 6:30pm
May 30th, 2020 Invasive Species & Pests 6:30pm
June 6th, 2020 Forest Ecology 6:30pm

Those youth 14+ who are interested in possibly competing at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational will be asked to complete more challenging learning tasks. Enrollment in the programs you are interested in is REQUIRED by completing the registration form and submitting to your local Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator.

Jane Rodd
4-H Program Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
2715, Route 44
Millbrook, NY 12545
Tel: 845-677-8223, ext. 105

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Korean Mountainash

Fruit and sporadic fall leaf color of Korean mountainash. Photo by Michelle Sutton

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Korean mountainash (Sorbus alnifolia)

By Michelle Sutton, Council Editor

I can think of few trees with the year-round beauty of Korean mountainash (Sorbus alnifolia). It is notable for its delicate and showy white spring flowers, handsome deeply veined summer foliage, yellow to orange fall color, reddish-pink berries in fall and early winter, and elephantine bark in winter (beech-like, but with distinct white markings). Its potential height is 20 to 40 feet and potential width 15 to 25 feet. The cultivar ‘Redbird’ has rosy-red fruits and a more upright form.

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Socially Distanced-Style, CCE Nassau Plants Tree for Arbor Day

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County planted a red oak (Quercus rubra) tree on Arbor Day on April 24th at the new location for their administration office. CCE Nassau County Hort and UCF Educator, Council Board Member, and ISA Certified Arborist Vinnie Drzewucki led the planting effort.

Here’s the event flyer, letting folks know how they could participate virtually, and referring people to Arbor Day resources, including Six Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day in a Time of Social Distancing  and Happy Arbor Day (at Home).

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