An Emblem for a New Blog

Welcome to the first post of the TAKING ROOT blog! This is a place for members of the NYS Urban Forestry Council to share ideas and successes and get to know one another.

yellowwood in bloom

The photo used in the banner of TAKING ROOT you may recognize as a yellowwood tree (Cladrastis kentukea) in bloom. To me the yellowwood is emblematic of urban forestry with its promise (including that of breathtaking beauty) and challenges (yellowwood, especially when not given proper structural pruning when young, is notorious for breaking up after storms).

Indeed the banner photo comes from a yellowwood that is one of a pair planted in the 1960s. The duo is found in a courtyard on the SUNY New Paltz campus; the one you see has good branch structure and is thriving, while the other one had poor branch structure, busted up after a storm a few winters back, and has been in steady decline since.

With yellowwood and urban forestry, great things are possible, and the value of a simple early intervention to care for them is inestimable.  -Michelle Sutton, TAKING ROOT Editor