About the New York State Urban Forestry Council

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 2019 President
Steve Harris Syracuse Dept of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs 7 2019 2019 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 2019 At-Large
Phil Healey Inc. Village of Lynbrook 1 2020 2019 At-Large
Mike DeMarco City of Watertown 6 2019 2019 At-Large
L.D. Terry Hawkridge Rustic Pines 6 2021 2019 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 2019
Jeffrey Bell NYSEG 4 2019
Vincent Biondo Town of Babylon 1 2021
Lori Brockelbank Davey Resource Group 9 2019
Brenda Cagle Town of Red Hook 3 2021
Joe Charap The Green-Wood Cemetery 2 2019
Sharon DiLorenzo Capital Roots 5 2020
Larry Ferrandiz PSE&G 1 2019
Glenn Gentzke Tree Services of Western New York LLC 9 2019
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
Michael Treglia The Nature Conservancy 4 2020
James Kaechele NYC Tree Trust/NYC Parks 2 2020
Jennifer Kotary NYS DEC 4 2020
Greg Michel Onondaga Youth Corps 7 2019
Andrew Newman NYC Parks 2 2019
Judy Pangman City of Oneonta 4 2021
Glen Roberts NYS DEC 6 2021
Jamie Rogers North Elba Tree Board 5 2019


First Last Affiliation
Eric Greenfield USDA Forest Service FIA
Martin Mullarkey
John Parry USDA Forest Service
Rob Messenger NYS DEC Bureau Chief, Bureau of Forest Resource Mgt.


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.