Up With Trees! SMA Tulsa Conference Highlights

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Up with Trees headquarters in Tulsa. Photo: upwithtrees.org

Recently, Council members such as Past President Andy Hillman, Secretary Steve Harris, Board Member James Kaechele, and myself (Blog Editor Michelle Sutton) attended the Annual Conference of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). It was held November 13-14, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to the Partners in Community Forestry Conference on November 15-16.

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SMA conferences are open to and welcoming of anyone and everyone interested in urban forestry but tend to draw most from professional city foresters, parks superintendents, state UCF coordinators, urban forestry nonprofit staff, and the like. Many continue on to the “Partners” conference, organized by the Arbor Day Foundation, where they are joined by hundreds of community forestry professionals, volunteers, and activists.

A bus tour of Tulsa (human pop. ~ 400,000) highlighted the long and productive collaboration between the Tulsa Parks and Recreation Forestry Section and the nonprofit group Up with Trees, founded in 1976. Urban forestry in Tulsa was first formally recognized in 1992; its longtime city forester, Mike Perkins, recently retired from the City and went to work as operations manager for Up with Trees. Arborist Dave Zucconi then took the city forester position, rising from the ranks of Parks and Recreation. Tulsa benefits from the longtime positive working relationship between Perkins and Zucconi, who gave a very animated tour and are rightfully proud of their accomplishments and those of their colleagues.

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Mike Perkins (left) and Dave Zucconi (right)

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Tree City USA Bulletins in English & (In Some Cases) Spanish

 

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These abridged versions of 88 of the most popular Tree City USA Bulletins are a free, handy reference for the tree enthusiast or professional arborist. They are provided by the Arbor Day Foundation. Click on the bulletin to access and easily print or download a PDF. View the complete collection of Tree City USA Bulletins in the bulletin archive.

    • Bulletin #0  Take Pride in a Greener Community – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #1  How to Prune Young Shade Trees – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #2  When a Storm Strikes – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #3  Resolving Tree-Sidewalk Conflicts – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #4  The Right Tree for the Right Place – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #5  Living with Urban Soil – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #6  How to Hire an Arborist – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #7  How to Save Trees During Construction – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #8  Don’t Top Trees – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #9  How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #10  Plant Trees for America – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #11  How to Prevent Tree/Sign Conflicts – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #12  What City Foresters Do – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #13  Trees for Wildlife – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #14  How To Kill a Tree – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #15  Tree Risk Assessment — Recognizing & Preventing Hazard Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #16  How to Recycle Shade Tree Materials – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #17  How to Landscape to Save Water – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #18  Tree City USA Growth Award – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #19  How to Select and Plant a Tree – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #20  A Systematic Approach to Building With Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #21  How Trees Can Save Energy – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #22  Tree City USA Foundation for Better Management – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #23  How to Conduct a Street Inventory – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #24  Trees and Parking Lots – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #25  Tree Line USA – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #26  Understanding Landscape Cultivars – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #27  How to Manage Community Natural Areas – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #28  Placing a Value on Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #29  How to Plan for Management – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #30  10 Tree Myths to Think About – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #31  Trees Protection Ordinances – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #32  Let’s Stop Salt Damage – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #33  How to Interpret Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #34  How to Fund Community Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #35  How to Protect Trees During Underground Work – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #36  How to Work with Volunteers – Effectively – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #37  PHC — What it Means to You – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #38  The Way Trees Work — How to Help – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #39  Putting Trees to Work – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #40  Trees in the Riparian Zone – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #41  How to Reduce Wildfire Risk – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #42  Working With Children – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #43  Selling Others on Tree Programs – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #44  What Ails Your Tree? – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #45  Trees for Better Streets – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #46  Data to Advocacy — New Tools to Promote Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #47  How to Bring Nature to Your Community – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #48  Teamwork Strengthens Community Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #49  Trees and the Law – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #50  Tree Campus USA – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #51  Trees and Safety – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #52  Making Good Use of Small Spaces – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #53  What Tree is That — and Why? – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #54  How to Grow a Great Tree Board – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #55  How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #56  Help Stop Insect & Disease Invasions – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #57  Trees and Public Health – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #58  Community Engagement – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #59  Permaculture and the City – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #60  Learning Opportunities in the Urban Forest – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #61  Trees and Green Space Make Economic Sense – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #62  Help Fight Invasive Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #63  Living on the Edge — The Wildland/Urban Interface – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #64  Saving Our Heritage Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #65  Create an Arboretum – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #66  Not Your Father’s Arboriculture – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #67  On-the-Job Training Opportunities – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #68  How Communities Recover from Disasters – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #69  Make Room for Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #70 Embracing Diversity – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #71 The Healing Power of Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #72 Working with Contracts & Contractors – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #73 How to Start an Urban Orchard – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #74 How to Spruce Up Your Arbor Day – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #75  How to Make Trees Storm Resistant – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #76  How to Fight the Emerald Ash Borer – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #77  How to Grow a Better City Tree – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #78  Finding New Friends for Urban Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #79  Credentials Are Important – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #80  Alliance for Community Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #81  Urban Wood: A Wonderful Resource – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #82  Trees and Water – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #83  Creative Marketing Campaigns – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #84  Understanding Tree Canopy Assessments – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #85  Be a Citizen Naturalist – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #86  Finding Faces of Urban Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #87  Making a Case for Community Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #88  Using Standards and Best Management Practices – Download PDF

SUNY New Paltz Earns Tree Campus USA Designation

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From SUNY New Paltz News: SUNY New Paltz has joined a select group of U.S. colleges and universities that have met campus environment standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

“Earning Tree Campus USA status demonstrates to the world what those of us who live and work at SUNY New Paltz already know – that we have an extraordinary environment for studying ecology, not only off-campus but on campus as well,” said Eric Keeling, assistant professor of biology.

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NYSUFC Partners with NYSDEC to Award 2017 Arbor Day Project Grants

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Photo by Pat Evens

For the third consecutive year, the New York State Urban Forestry Council has partnered with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as the administrative and award mechanism for community Arbor Day grants (once known as “Quick Start” grants), providing a total of $10,000 in grant monies to conduct an Arbor Day tree planting program and ceremony. These grants may be up to $1,000 for communities to conduct a tree planting event on their Arbor Day. Applications are reviewed by a committee of Council board members by means of a competitive ranking review once the communities meet the grant requirements.

In 2015, 12 communities applied, and all 12 communities received a grant. In 2016, 35 communities applied, and 13 were granted funding. For 2017, 18 communities applied to the Council and the committee was able to award $10,810 in grant monies this year to 12 worthy communities.

Our congratulations to the communities that were selected for grants this year: the towns of Fishkill, Mt. Hope, Rush, and Grand Island; the villages of Lewiston, Port Chester, Champlain, Nunda, Attica, Fair Haven, and Cambridge; and the City of Niagara Falls. We look forward to doing blog posts about their successful Arbor Day celebrations and planting events.

Please congratulate anyone you know from those communities on their success and continue to encourage other communities to apply for the grant next year. Just remind them that they can’t already be a grant recipient, an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA, or have any parts of the process to become a Tree City (such as a tree inventory or a management plan). This is because the Arbor Day grants are meant to help inexperienced communities begin to get involved in the exciting world of urban forestry! And please don’t forget to thank our partners at the DEC for sharing this opportunity with the Council. We really do appreciate their support and trust. Enjoy the green all summer! —Brian Skinner, Council Vice President 

Another Joyful Tree City/Tree Campus/Tree Line USA Awards Event

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Celebrating Beacon’s 20th year as a Tree City USA! (from left) NYSDEC Urban Forestry Program Assistant Mary Martin, City of Beacon Highway Superintendent Reuben Simmons Jr., DEC Region 3 Senior Forester George Profous, and NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg.

For the NYS urban and community forestry community, the annual Tree City/Tree Campus/Tree Line USA awards ceremony is always something delightful to look forward to in the last throes of winter. In 2017 it was held on March 30 in Albany and honored 115 Tree Cities statewide, 22 Tree Campuses, and 5 Tree Line Utilities. More than 130 people  from all 9 DEC regions attended, making it the most attended awards celebration yet.

Thank you to NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg for her help with this pictorial of highlights from the event. 

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Our Woman in Indy: Christine Manchester Reports from Partners in Community Forestry Conference

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Chris Manchester

ISA Certified Arborist Christine (Chris) Manchester is the naturalist and sustainability coordinator for the Town of Dewitt, and as such she is heavily involved in the oversight of Dewitt’s urban forest. The NYSUFC provided financial assistance to Manchester to reimburse some of her expenses to attend the Partners in Community Forestry Conference last November 16-17 in Indianapolis. Additional support was provided by the Arbor Day Foundation and NYSDEC.

“I can’t thank the Council enough,” she says. “I had a great time, met some very interesting people (there were 559 registered), and gained valuable information. Thank you for this opportunity.” Manchester prepared a presentation about her take-aways from the conference and how they apply most to the work that she does for the Town of DeWitt. That presentation is excerpted here.

Christine Manchester:

The opportunity to network with this many people who are facing many of the same challenges nationally doesn’t present itself every day. Through an informal tally, the majority of people raised their hands that they had been in urban forestry for less than 10 years. There were so many incredible presentations—but there were a couple of topics that resonated with me more than others. The take-aways for me were: 1) partnership/collaboration, 2) thinking about trees as infrastructure and incorporating plantings into streetscapes and 3) focusing on planting trees in poor residential areas.

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Energy-Saving Trees Program: PSEG Long Island Provided 1,000 Free Trees to Customers

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CCE-Nassau County Horticulture Assistant K.C. Alvey (left) helped with the distribution of free trees to PSEG customers and with giving them planting advice.

On April 30, 2016, PSEG Long Island, in partnership with New York State Urban Forestry Council and the Arbor Day Foundation, provided 1,000 of its customers with a free tree through the Energy-Saving Trees program. Designed to conserve energy through strategic planting, the program will help PSEG Long Island customers save up to 20 percent on their summer energy bills once the trees are fully grown, while also improving air quality and reducing storm water run-off for all residents across the company’s service territory.

“The Energy-Saving Trees program brings multiple benefits to Long Island, helping our customers save money on their energy bills and helping to improve the environment,” said Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, PSEG Long Island. “The program also helps our customers better understand how the right trees in the right location can reduce their utility bills and promote ongoing system reliability.”

PSEG Long Island customers reserved their free trees at www.arborday.org/pseglongisland, an online tool that helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. All customers that participated will receive one tree and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool, taking into account utility wires and obstructions. The types of trees offered include the following: Black Tupelo, Eastern Redbud, Black Tupelo, Scarlet Oak, and American Linden.

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2016 Tree City/Campus/Line USA Awards Ceremony

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NYSUFC Founder Nancy Wolf received an Urban Forestry Award in honor of her many contributions to our field. Current NYS Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Mary Kramarchyk (left) was joined by two former Program Coordinators–Peter Innes and Peter Frank (to Nancy’s left)–who turned out to support their colleague and friend Nancy and by DEC Forester Greg Owen (second from left), with Program Assistant Sally Kellogg at right.       Congrats, Nancy!

Hosted by NYS DEC, the 11th annual Tree City/Line/Campus USA Recognition Ceremony was held on March 30, 2016 in Albany. These programs were created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters to recognize the stewardship of urban forests by communities. New York State has 108 Tree City USAs, 6 Tree Line USA utilities, and 18 Tree Campus USAs. A complete list of all New York Tree City USA and Tree Campus communities is posted on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4957.html.

This was New York’s biggest ceremony yet, with communities from all of the nine DEC regions attending. One of the highlights was when NYSUFC founder Nancy Wolf was recognized with an Urban Forestry Award for being so pivotal in starting the urban forestry movement in our State.

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