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…

Top Five NYSUFC Blog Posts of 2020

#1 Transplanting and a Deeper Look at “Fall Hazards” This post resonates! It’s been viewed nearly 7000 times since its publication on the blog in 2015. There’s a paucity of science-based information about “fall hazards” on the internet; this post seems to be filling a need. Dr. Nina Bassuk contributed the seminal section, “The Five Branches … Read more…

North Tonawanda’s Joyful Tree Planting, Assisted by Council Grant

Super video from North Tonawanda about their recent planting event aided by a Tree City USA Reward Grant from our Council. Starting at the 3:02 mark you get to see the planting in action. Director at North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation, Parks & Seniors Alex Domaradzki says, “Special thanks to The New York State … Read more…

Beattra Wilson’s Steadfast Path: An Urban Forestry & USDA Forest Service Journey

A Steadfast Path: My Urban Forestry and USDA Forest Service Journey By Beattra Wilson, Photos Courtesy of the Author Beattra Wilson began her career with the USDA Forest Service in 2002 in Atlanta as an urban forestry trainee; she is now the Forest Service Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and National Lead for Urban and … Read more…

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 … Read more…

Getting to Know DEC’s Dan Gaidasz

Dan Gaidasz is the NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Program Technical Coordinator. Where did you grew up? Were you interested in nature from an early age? Dan Gaidasz: I grew up in the Genesee Valley between Mount Morris and Geneseo. From a very young age, I have been interested in the outdoors. I grew up … Read more…

DEC Urban & Community Forestry’s Christina McLaughlin–Get to Know Her!

I grew up in Pittsford, outside of Rochester. I was definitely interested in nature from an early age, because my house was in the woods. I spent a lot of time outside catching frogs and snakes and playing in the dirt. By 4th grade, I’d decided I wanted to be a herpetologist and then a … Read more…

Village of Cassadaga & Lily Dale Assembly’s First Arbor Day Celebration

An Arbor Day grant of $1000 and instruction from Council Board Member Lori Brockelbank helped the Village of Cassadaga (pop. ~610) and Assembly of Lily Dale (pop. ~275) celebrate their first Arbor Day on Saturday May 18, 2019. The family-friendly event started at the Cassadaga Library with crafts for kids, free saplings, refreshments, and Lori’s … Read more…