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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Glenn||Gentzke||Tree Services of Western New York LLC||9||2019|
|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|
|Greg||Michel||Onondaga Youth Corps||7||2019|
|Judy||Pangman||City of Oneonta||4||2021|
|Jamie||Rogers||North Elba Tree Board||5||2019|
EricGreenfieldUSFS/Instructor at SUNY ESF
|John||Parry||USDA Forest Service|
|Rob||Messenger||NYS DEC Bureau Chief, Bureau of Forest Resource Mgt.|
|Liana||Gooding||Executive Secretary for NYSUFC|
|Michelle||Sutton||Editor, Taking Root|
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.