About the New York State Urban Forestry Council

This video was initially shown at the 2020 mid-year Council Membership meeting. It looks at how the Council and larger NYS urban forestry community is adapting to the time of coronavirus, and video clips showcase two young professionals navigating these waters: Amanda Cruty and Nafisa Tabassum. Please enjoy and share!

The New York State Urban Forestry Council (NYSUFC) is a volunteer group, organized formally in 1999, to advise and assist the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) in executing its Urban and Community Forestry policies. The Council’s major funding, supplied through the USDA Forest Service,is supplemented by membership dues and independent contributions.



New York State’s Urban Forestry program is a partnership of public, private and volunteer organizations and individuals that fosters comprehensive planning, management and education throughout New York to create a healthy urban and community forest and enhance quality of life.



The New York State Urban Forestry Council envisions that every community in New York State will recognize the value of trees and maximize the use of trees to help improve the community’s quality of life.



  • Strengthen Board Structure and Membership
    Attract public, private and volunteer organizations, and individuals to help promote the mission and vision of the Urban Forestry Council.
  • Identify and Promote the Benefits of Trees 
    Promote the appreciation and understanding of the environmental, economic and social benefits of trees in the urban and community environment.
  • Provide Educational Tools
    Advance Urban and Community Forestry outreach, training and education.
  • Provide Planning and Management Tools
    Promote and support comprehensive Urban and Community Forestry planning and the application of industry Best Management Practices and current research.



Officers of the Board

Executive Committee

First Last Affiliation Region Board Term Exp EC Term Exp Title
Karen Emmerich Freshwater Environmental Consultants/ R3 ReLeaf Chair 3 2020 2021 President
Steve Harris Syracuse Dept of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs 7 2022 2021 Vice Pres
Art Traver Wendel 9 2020 2020 Treasurer
Brian Liberti City of Rochester 8 2021 2020 Secretary
Vincent Drzewucki Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County 1 2020 2021 At-Large
L.D. Terry Hawkridge Rustic Pines 6 2021 2021 At-Large
Phil Healey Inc. Village of Lynbrook 1 2020 2021 At-Large
James Kaechele NYC Tree Trust/NYC Parks 2 2020 2021 At-Large

Board of Directors

First Last Affiliation Region Board Term Exp
Christopher Anderson NYS Association of Towns 4 2021
Karen Arent KALA/ Landscape Architect 3 2020
Dr. Nina Bassuk Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute 7 2021
Mark Beamish Orange & Rockland 3 2022
Jeffrey Bell NYSEG 4 2022
Vincent Biondo Town of Babylon 1 2021
Lori Brockelbank Davey Resource Group 9 2022
Brenda Cagle Town of Red Hook 3 2021
Joe Charap The Green-Wood Cemetery 2 2022
Mike DeMarco City of Watertown 6 2022
Sharon DiLorenzo Capital Roots 5 2020
Larry Ferrandiz PSE&G 1 2022
Danielle Gift NYC Parks 2 2020
Jeanne Grace City of Ithaca 7 2021
Ross Hassinger City of Buffalo 9 2021
Andrew Hillman Davey Resource Group 7 2020
James Kaechele NYC Tree Trust/NYC Parks 2 2020
Jennifer Kotary NYS DEC 4 2020
Christine Manchester Town of Dewitt 7 2022
Greg Michel Onondaga Youth Corps 7 2022
Andrew Newman NYC Parks 2 2022
Judy Pangman City of Oneonta 4 2021
Glen Roberts NYS DEC 6 2021
Sophia Rodbell Davey Resource Group 2 2022
Jamie Rogers North Elba Tree Board 5 2022
Michael Treglia The Nature Conservancy 4 2020


First Last Affiliation
Eric Greenfield USDA Forest Service FIA
Christina McLaughlin NYS DEC Volunteer Coordinator
Rob Messenger NYS DEC Bureau Chief, Bureau of Forest Resource Mgt.
Martin Mullarkey
John Parry USDA Forest Service
Gloria VanDuyne NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program Manager


First Last Title
Liana Gooding Executive Secretary for NYSUFC
Michelle Sutton Editor & Social Media Coordinator
Sarah Gugercin Website Manager


In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).  To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director , Office of Civil Rights, Room 326–W, Whitten Bldg, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.