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…

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…

Getting to Know Onondaga Earth Corps Director Greg Michel

Over the years, Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) and the Council have partnered in various fruitful ways. OEC Director Greg Michel (pron. “Michael”) recently joined the Council Board; we wanted to get to know him and OEC better. A Council Blog post about the work of OEC can be seen here. Greg Michel was born in … Read more…

Watertown’s 17th Annual Fall Planting Event

Reported by Michael DeMarco, Planner for the City of Watertown and ISA Certified Arborist October 20, 2018 marked the City of Watertown’s 17th Annual Fall Tree Planting event co-sponsored by the City and Tree Watertown, the City’s street tree advisory board. This year’s event was held at Cosgrove–Sherman St. Park. Historically, this large green space has … Read more…

New Windsor’s Inaugural Arbor Day Celebration

On April 27, 2018 the Town of New Windsor Tree Committee, in conjunction with the Town of New Windsor, hosted its inaugural Arbor Day tree dedication ceremony.  Executive Assistant to Town Supervisor George Green / Chief of Staff Colin Schmitt provided this report.  This event was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the New … Read more…