NYSUFC 2021 Annual Report

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.

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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- 2 year term

First Last Affiliation Region EC Term Exp Title
Phil Healey Town of Lynbrook 2 2025 President
Mike DeMarco City of Watertown 6 2025 Vice President
Steve Harris City of Syracuse 7 2025 Treasurer
Mike Treglia Nature Conservancy 2 2025 Secretary
Joe Charap The Green-Wood Cemetery 2 2025 At-Large
Ross Hassinger City of Buffalo 9 2025 At-Large
Lori Brockelbank Davey Resource Group 9 2024 At-Large
Glen Roberts Region 6 ReLeaf 6 2024 At-Large

Board of Directors- 3 year term

First Last Affiliation Region Board Term Exp
Karen Emmerich Town of Warwick 3 2026
Rachel Grumm NYS Parks – Queens Borough 2 2026
Andrew Hillman Davey Resource Group 7 2026
Jay Lavigne City of Albany 4 2026
Paul Paradine NYSEG 7 2026
Andrew Place City of Rochester 8 2026
Noreen Riordan Birdson Landscape Design, ISA Arborist 8 2026
Alicia Ragusa Holistic Law Practice 1 2026
Michael Sawyer Buffalo Olmstead Park Conservancy 9 2026
Leanna Wohl-Nugent CCE Onondaga 7 2026
Jean Zimmerman Savatree 3 2026
Terry Hawkridge Rustic Pines Tree Care 6 2024
Christopher Anderson NYS Association of Towns 4 2024
Dr. Nina Bassuk Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute 7 2024
Mark Beamish Orange & Rockland Utilities 3 2025
Brenda Cagle Village of Redhook 3 2024
Jeanne Grace City of Ithaca 7 2024
Greg Michel Onondaga Earth Corps 7 2025
Andrew Newman NYC Parks 2 2025
Judy Pangman City of Oneonta 4 2025


First Last Affiliation
Danielle Gift USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program Coordinator for the NE Region
Eric Greenfield USDA Forest Service FIA
Christina McLaughlin NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Partnership Coordinator
Martin Mullarkey Retired Utility Arborist and Educator
Gloria VanDuyne NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager


Donna Gurnett Executive Secretary
Sarah Gugercin Website Updates, Taking Root Newsletter, Annual Report design
Christina B. Smith Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Consultant
Jean Zimmerman Editor
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (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.


A Brief History of Urban Forestry in the United States and the Creation of the New York State Program, in Two Parts

By Nancy A. Wolf

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Albany NY, 12207

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