3 11, 2015

Barb Neal on the Urban Forest Strike Team Training

By |2016-04-26T15:46:32-04:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Organizational News, Training|Tags: , |0 Comments

Barb Neal (right) with UFST training teammate, NYSDEC Forester Garrett Koplun Urban Forest Strike Teams (UFSTs) are a means for city foresters, state foresters, commercial arborists, and others to quickly come to the aid of a region whose urban forest has been impacted by a natural [...]

13 07, 2015

Celebrating the Game-Changing Farm Bill of 1990

By |2015-07-13T14:45:30-04:00July 13th, 2015|Categories: Essays and Reflections, History, ReLeaf Conference|Tags: |0 Comments

As we gear up for our NY ReLeaf Conference this week, it’s fitting to learn the essential history of the 1990 Farm Bill, to which all who care about urban and community forestry are indebted. This entry was written by Andy Hillman with help from Mary Kramarchyk [...]

16 06, 2015

Betty Shimo Looks Back

By |2015-06-16T20:09:13-04:00June 16th, 2015|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Organizational News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Betty Shimo served as Executive Secretary of the NYSUFC from 2005-2015 and she helped plan and coordinate and also facilitated 11 ReLeaf Conferences held all over the state. Betty first got connected to the Council when she was hired to facilitate the ReLeaf Conference in Utica in [...]

26 03, 2015

NYC ReLeaf’s COUNT TREES Workshop, Part I

By |2016-04-26T16:22:56-04:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Innovative Projects and Programs, ReLeaf Conference|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver gave the keynote address. With the exception of Sumana Serchan’s reflections, this two-part post was written by NYS DEC Division of Lands and Forests Outreach Coordinator Nina Medakovich. Part I brings us workshop highlights. Part II delves into the [...]

18 03, 2015

NYC’s Matt Stephens Goes to Washington DC for Arborist Exchange

By |2015-03-18T11:00:55-04:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Innovative Projects and Programs, Member Profiles, SMA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

NYC Parks and Casey Tree staff intermingling ♦ Photo Courtesy Casey Trees Last fall, both NYC Parks and the not-for-profit, DC-based organization Casey Trees successfully applied for an arborist exchange through the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). This resulted in the first public/private pairing for the [...]

2 10, 2014

Nina Bassuk Part I: The Early Days of Our Council

By |2014-10-02T15:38:29-04:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Member Profiles|Tags: , |0 Comments

Previously we featured super dynamo Council cofounder Nancy Wolf. Continuing in that series, we talk here with another beloved Council cofounder and current board member, Cornell Urban Horticulture Director Nina Bassuk, who prefers to go by “Nina.” We asked her about her recollections about the early days [...]

25 09, 2014

Reflections on the Sept 21 Climate Change March

By |2014-09-25T15:09:55-04:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Essays and Reflections|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This essay comes to us from NYC Parks Forester Bill Schmidt. Bill is a Certified Arborist who coordinates urban forestry for the Greening Western Queens project.  NYC Forester Bill Schmidt Last Sunday, September 21, 2014, I joined over 300,000 of my fellow human beings in [...]

4 09, 2014

Vinnie Drzewucki on Tackling the Public’s Dendrophobia, the Fear of Trees

By |2014-09-04T08:41:13-04:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Essays and Reflections, ReLeaf Conference|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

CCE Nassau County Horticulture Educator Vinnie Drzewucki At the 2014 ReLeaf Conference in July at Hofstra University, CCE Nassau County Horticulture Educator Vinnie Drzewucki (pron. “Sha-VOOT-ski”) gave an engaging talk on “Breaking the Fear of Trees: How to Help the Public Overcome their Dendrophobia.” He [...]

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