2019 SMA Conference Report-Back (in Pictures)

Downtown Cleveland at sunset, with ice skating rink at lower right. Photo by Owen Croy

Recently, Council members such as Past President Andy Hillman, current Vice President Secretary Steve Harris, Board Members Lori Brockelbank and Mike DeMarco, and Council Editor Editor Michelle Sutton attended the Annual Conference of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). It was held November 18-19 in Cleveland, Ohio, just prior to the Partners in Community Forestry Conference on November 20-21.

Monday afternoon featured a sunny green infrastructure field trip by bus, followed by the SMA Fun Run, Walk, or Watch, which raises money for the Urban Forest Foundation. That was followed by a reunion of Municipal Forestry Institute graduates and their friends.

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Arbor Day Foundation Launches Tree Campus Healthcare Recognition Program

Applications for facilities wishing to receive Tree Campus Healthcare recognition will be accepted through December 31, 2019. Photo Courtesy Arbor Day Foundation

Lincoln, Neb. –  Earlier this month, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today the launch of its new Tree Campus Healthcare program. The Tree Campus Healthcare recognition program connects inpatient healthcare facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs to improve human health outcomes, while improving the extent and condition of community forests.

Through Tree Campus Healthcare, thousands of people and hundreds of communities will be touched by the proven health benefits of trees. Facilities in the U.S. delivering inpatient healthcare services are eligible for Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, including hospitals, senior care, and other residential rehabilitation centers.

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David Moore Wins Arbor Day Foundation Trailblazer Award

Congratulations, David! You are indeed a Trailblazer and very much worthy of this recognition. All best from your many friends at the NYSUFC.

The Council is jubilant that Past President David Moore has won the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) Trailblazer Award, given to a professional under 35 who has made exceptional contributions to arboriculture and/or urban forestry. A video about David’s work is in the making (and we’ll share here on the blog as soon as it’s available). From the ADF press release:

“The title of Senior Tree Supervisor at the City of Oakland, California, belies David Moore’s age and accomplishments. During his tenure at New York City Parks, David developed a sophisticated system of tree procurement that is a model for urban foresters across the country, and he served as co-chair of the MillionTreesNYC committee. He also served as president of the New York State Urban Forestry Council from 2015-17, where he was highly regarded for his organizational and leadership skills.”

The Trailblazer Award description: “This award recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who has demonstrated leadership in forestry, community forestry, research, or tree care during the past five years. The Award winner will exhibit a collaborative spirit that inspires others to give their time, effort, and resources to improve our understanding of trees, tree planting, or tree care.”

CONGRATS, DAVID!!

Joyful 2019 Urban Forestry Awards Celebration

Along with showing their support and helping to accept Syracuse’s Tree City USA Award, a team from Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) shared recent OEC achievements with the audience. From left to right: Syracuse City Arborist Stephen Harris, OEC Crew Leader Shadrach McKinney, Crew Leader Taveon Stenson, Program Coordinator Meqdad Ali (in front), Office Manager Yvonne Chu, OEC Founder Eli MacDonald, and Crew Leader Maurice Harris. Syracuse has been a Tree City USA for more than 29 years. Photos Courtesy NYSDEC

On March 21 in Albany, NYSDEC and community leaders celebrated the commitment of NYS Tree Cities, Tree Line Utilities, and Tree Campuses to our collective urban and community forest. Six New York communities became Tree Cities USA for the first time in 2018: Canton, Lakewood, Middletown, Niskayuna, Orangetown, and Sackets Harbor. To learn more about becoming a Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, or Tree Campus USA, see the Arbor Day Foundation website. The ceremony also honored the winner of the 2019 Arbor Day poster contest.

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David Moore Finalist for ADF Trailblazer Award

David Moore on his way to a presentation to the Oakland City Council.

NYSUFC Past President David Moore is a finalist for an Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) Trailblazer Award, which recognizes an individual under the age of 35 who has demonstrated leadership in forestry, community forestry, research, or tree care during the past five years.

Our Council nominated David for this award, citing his many impressive accomplishments. ADF summarized some of the highlights from the nomination:

  • The title of Senior Tree Supervisor at the City of Oakland, California belies David Moore’s age and accomplishments. During his tenure at New York City Parks, David developed a sophisticated system of tree species selection that is a model for urban foresters across the country, and he served as co-chair of the MillionTreesNYC committee. He also served as president of the New York State Urban Forestry Council from 2015-17, where he was highly regarded for his organizational and leadership skills.

Early in 2018, David and his wife, graphic designer Leyla Moore, moved from NYC to Oakland after David accepted the position as Senior Tree Supervisor in the city’s public works department. He has been busy with the new position and with David and Leyla’s first baby, Shepard.

For 2019, ADF identified 25 finalists for six awards. The winners of ADF Awards will be announced prior to National Arbor Day on April 26, 2019. Since 1972, the Foundation has presented annual awards for work at the international, national, state, and community levels to recognize conservation efforts such as tree planting and care, Arbor Day celebrations, education, community projects, and roadside beautification.

2018 Urban Forestry Awards Celebration Warms Hearts in March

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Eight years ago, Council Board Member Lori Brockelbank (second from left) helped Jamestown Community College become the first community college in NYS to be a Tree Campus USA. And once again, Lori brought students with her to celebrate the College’s ongoing Tree Campus USA status: Avery Sirwatka (standing next to Lori), Calob Franklin, Layla Crabtree, and Tiffany Donaldson. They are joined by NYSDEC Urban Forestry Program Manager Mary Kramarchyk (far left) and NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg (second from right).

Congratulations to New York’s Tree City/Line/Campuses! On March 29, NYSDEC celebrated the commitment of 128 NYS Tree Cities, 8 Tree Lines, and 28 Tree Campuses for their commitment to our collective urban and community forest. To learn more about becoming a Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, or Tree Campus USA, see the Arbor Day Foundation website

Thank you to NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg for her help with this pictorial of highlights from the 2018 event. 

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Up With Trees! SMA Tulsa Conference Highlights

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Up with Trees headquarters in Tulsa. Photo: upwithtrees.org

Recently, Council members such as Past President Andy Hillman, Secretary Steve Harris, Board Member James Kaechele, and myself (Blog Editor Michelle Sutton) attended the Annual Conference of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). It was held November 13-14, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma prior to the Partners in Community Forestry Conference on November 15-16.

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SMA conferences are open to and welcoming of anyone and everyone interested in urban forestry but tend to draw most from professional city foresters, parks superintendents, state UCF coordinators, urban forestry nonprofit staff, and the like. Many continue on to the “Partners” conference, organized by the Arbor Day Foundation, where they are joined by hundreds of community forestry professionals, volunteers, and activists.

A bus tour of Tulsa (human pop. ~ 400,000) highlighted the long and productive collaboration between the Tulsa Parks and Recreation Forestry Section and the nonprofit group Up with Trees, founded in 1976. Urban forestry in Tulsa was first formally recognized in 1992; its longtime city forester, Mike Perkins, recently retired from the City and went to work as operations manager for Up with Trees. Arborist Dave Zucconi then took the city forester position, rising from the ranks of Parks and Recreation. Tulsa benefits from the longtime positive working relationship between Perkins and Zucconi, who gave a very animated tour and are rightfully proud of their accomplishments and those of their colleagues.

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Mike Perkins (left) and Dave Zucconi (right)

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Tree City USA Bulletins in English & (In Some Cases) Spanish

 

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These abridged versions of 88 of the most popular Tree City USA Bulletins are a free, handy reference for the tree enthusiast or professional arborist. They are provided by the Arbor Day Foundation. Click on the bulletin to access and easily print or download a PDF. View the complete collection of Tree City USA Bulletins in the bulletin archive.

    • Bulletin #0  Take Pride in a Greener Community – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #1  How to Prune Young Shade Trees – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #2  When a Storm Strikes – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #3  Resolving Tree-Sidewalk Conflicts – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #4  The Right Tree for the Right Place – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #5  Living with Urban Soil – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #6  How to Hire an Arborist – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #7  How to Save Trees During Construction – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #8  Don’t Top Trees – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #9  How to Write a Municipal Tree Ordinance – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #10  Plant Trees for America – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #11  How to Prevent Tree/Sign Conflicts – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #12  What City Foresters Do – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #13  Trees for Wildlife – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #14  How To Kill a Tree – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #15  Tree Risk Assessment — Recognizing & Preventing Hazard Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #16  How to Recycle Shade Tree Materials – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #17  How to Landscape to Save Water – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #18  Tree City USA Growth Award – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #19  How to Select and Plant a Tree – English PDF | Spanish PDF
    • Bulletin #20  A Systematic Approach to Building With Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #21  How Trees Can Save Energy – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #22  Tree City USA Foundation for Better Management – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #23  How to Conduct a Street Inventory – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #24  Trees and Parking Lots – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #25  Tree Line USA – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #26  Understanding Landscape Cultivars – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #27  How to Manage Community Natural Areas – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #28  Placing a Value on Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #29  How to Plan for Management – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #30  10 Tree Myths to Think About – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #31  Trees Protection Ordinances – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #32  Let’s Stop Salt Damage – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #33  How to Interpret Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #34  How to Fund Community Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #35  How to Protect Trees During Underground Work – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #36  How to Work with Volunteers – Effectively – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #37  PHC — What it Means to You – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #38  The Way Trees Work — How to Help – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #39  Putting Trees to Work – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #40  Trees in the Riparian Zone – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #41  How to Reduce Wildfire Risk – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #42  Working With Children – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #43  Selling Others on Tree Programs – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #44  What Ails Your Tree? – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #45  Trees for Better Streets – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #46  Data to Advocacy — New Tools to Promote Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #47  How to Bring Nature to Your Community – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #48  Teamwork Strengthens Community Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #49  Trees and the Law – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #50  Tree Campus USA – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #51  Trees and Safety – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #52  Making Good Use of Small Spaces – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #53  What Tree is That — and Why? – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #54  How to Grow a Great Tree Board – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #55  How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #56  Help Stop Insect & Disease Invasions – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #57  Trees and Public Health – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #58  Community Engagement – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #59  Permaculture and the City – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #60  Learning Opportunities in the Urban Forest – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #61  Trees and Green Space Make Economic Sense – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #62  Help Fight Invasive Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #63  Living on the Edge — The Wildland/Urban Interface – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #64  Saving Our Heritage Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #65  Create an Arboretum – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #66  Not Your Father’s Arboriculture – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #67  On-the-Job Training Opportunities – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #68  How Communities Recover from Disasters – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #69  Make Room for Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #70 Embracing Diversity – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #71 The Healing Power of Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #72 Working with Contracts & Contractors – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #73 How to Start an Urban Orchard – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #74 How to Spruce Up Your Arbor Day – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #75  How to Make Trees Storm Resistant – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #76  How to Fight the Emerald Ash Borer – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #77  How to Grow a Better City Tree – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #78  Finding New Friends for Urban Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #79  Credentials Are Important – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #80  Alliance for Community Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #81  Urban Wood: A Wonderful Resource – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #82  Trees and Water – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #83  Creative Marketing Campaigns – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #84  Understanding Tree Canopy Assessments – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #85  Be a Citizen Naturalist – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #86  Finding Faces of Urban Forestry – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #87  Making a Case for Community Trees – Download PDF
    • Bulletin #88  Using Standards and Best Management Practices – Download PDF