Queens Botanical Garden Tour at ReLeaf

Queens BG green roof Harriet Grimm
ReLeafers toured the green roof at Queens Botanical Garden. From QBG website: “The semi-intensive, 8,000-square-foot green roof with six inches of growing medium is planted with mostly native species that require minimal artificial watering and provide much-needed habitat for humans, birds, and insects.” Photo by Harriet Grimm


Located at the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing, QBG evolved from the five-acre “Gardens on Parade” exhibit showcased at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. Officially opening as “The Queens Botanical Garden Society” in 1946 after local residents saved and expanded the original exhibit, the Garden remained at the original World’s Fair site until 1961, when it was moved to its current location on Main Street in Flushing. Among the original plantings taken from the 1939 site are two blue atlas cedars that frame the iconic tree gate sculpture at the Garden’s Main Street entrance today. QBG has become a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods.

-From QBG website


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NYC Green Infrastructure Tour at ReLeaf

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Maria Corporan is Gardener/Supervisor for NYC DEP Queens green infrastructure maintenance crews. She discussed the success of different plant species for NYC rain gardens, experimentation with new plants, and how maintenance needs change through the seasons. Photo by Dan Lambe

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program is a multi-agency effort led by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP and agency partners like NYC Parks design, construct, and maintain a variety of sustainable green infrastructure features such as green roofs and rain gardens on City-owned property such as streets, sidewalks, schools, and public housing. You can see a video about NYC green infrastructure here.

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First Look at ReLeaf Queens 2017!

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Women’s Summit at Friday Lunch – women professionals and volunteers coming together to network and share experiences. Photo by Karen Emmerich
Advocacy Table Queens Karen Emmerich
More than 80 attendees sent urban forestry-awareness postcards to their MOCs (Members of Congress). Photo by Karen Emmerich
Onondoga Earth Corps folks with Mary by Karen Emmerich
Onondaga Earth Corps youth and staff with NYSDEC State Urban Forestry Coordinator Mary Kramarchyk (third from left). Photo by Karen Emmerich

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Central New York Conservancy & Utica Police Dept Create Volunteer Parks Patrol


The Utica Police Department and the Central New York Conservancy have formed a partnership to ensure safety in Utica’s Olmsted parks.

“We are collaborating with the Central New York Conservancy to recruit and train volunteers who will help the Utica Police Department keep our parks safe,” said Edward Noonan, deputy chief of police.

“The Conservancy has completed a number of major projects to beautify and enhance Utica’s three main parks–FT Proctor, TR Proctor, and Roscoe Conkling Parks–as well as the Memorial Parkway,” continued Noonan. “We will work together so the community can use and enjoy the City’s wonderful park system.”

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Countdown to ReLeaf! In Queens, at St. John’s, July 13-15

St John's entrance
It’s not too late to register for ReLeaf 2017!
Queensboro bridge
There’s a fantastic blog post about Queens on the New York Habitat blog. “While not as flashy as the skyscrapers of Manhattan, Queens boasts many beautiful landmarks. The Queensboro Bridge is a true icon, and connects Midtown Manhattan to Long Island City in Queens.”

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Facts for Your Call and/or Letter this Week

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For your calls and letters to your U.S. Congressperson ( this week,
here are some facts about how federal UCF dollars were used in New York State in 2016:

–NYS UCF statewide overall funding for 2016 (that goes to zero if the federal budget for UCF is not restored): $1,250,440

–Quantified UCF accomplishments in 2016 in NY:

NYS Communities Provided Urban Forestry Program Assistance: 328

Population Living in NYS Communities Provided Urban Forestry Program Assistance: 14,803,089

Urban Forestry Volunteer Assistance: 391,123 people

–The NYS Urban Forestry Program and partners participated in 2 new programs: the Energy Saving Trees Program tree giveaway on Long Island, where extensive development gives the region the distinction of having the lowest tree canopy cover in the State. Recent disasters have reduced tree cover, and caused residents to shy away from new tree planting. The Community Tree Recovery Program helped in Rochester. Volunteers assisted in replacing or saving 3,604 ash trees on streets and in parks.

All Hands on Deck! Free Webinar about the Federal Budget for UCF

Please register for Time for Action: The President’s Budget for Urban & Community Forestry on Jul 12, 2017 12:00 PM CDT at:

It is no secret that these are tough times for Urban & Community Forestry at the Federal budget level. Join us for this webinar to learn what is really going on, and more importantly, how you can help get the message across that trees are important to communities. This one hour webinar will give you the tools you need to help tell the story of why urban and community forestry is critical to towns and cities across the United States.


Host: Dana Karcher, Alliance for Community Trees/Arbor Day Foundation

Speakers and Facilitators: Becky Turner, American Forests and Danielle Watson, Society of American Foresters

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Dana Karcher

Program Manager,  Alliance for Community Trees

Work: 402-473-9554 | Cell: 661-964-7158

“We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”

Save Our Urban Forests: Write a Letter to the Editor

LTE This week, please consider writing a letter to the editor of your town and/or region’s papers about the importance of urban forestry funding.

Check your paper’s letter to the editor guidelines for length and how to submit (it’s usually simple and straightforward–and editors are eager for well-written letters!)

Here’s sample text from a letter that was published widely in the Hudson Valley. Feel free to take content from it for your letter. Here are some more urban forestry facts you can draw from.

Esteemed Editor:

Defend, Don’t Defund, the Forests in Which We Live

City, town, and suburban neighborhoods that are pleasant to walk or drive through—what is one thing they tend to have in common? The presence of mature trees. We can thank the science and practice of urban forestry for that. Urban environments are those that have been significantly altered by human activity. Eighty percent of Americans live in the urban forest; by 2050, ninety percent of us are projected to be.

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Fishkill Uses Arbor Day Grant to Beautify War Memorial

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Town Supervisor Robert LaColla speaks at the dedication of the newly planted trees at Fishkill’s War Memorial.

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the Town of Fishkill celebrated Arbor Day with the help of an Arbor Day grant administered through NYSUFC. The funding was used to add white pines, a river birch, and boxwood shrubs to a open stretch of lawn in front of the Town’s War Memorial, a multi-level site with a waterfall and places to sit.

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Grand Island Celebrates First-Ever Arbor Day


With the aid of an Arbor Day grant administered by the NYSUFC, the Town of Grand Island in Erie County held its first-ever Arbor Day Celebration on April 29, 2017. About 40 people attended, including Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. Senior Girl Scout Gillian Worrall (second from left in front row of above pic) played a key role in organizing this Arbor Day celebration and in educating the community at large about Emerald Ash Borer, which has taken its toll on Grand Island.

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