17 03, 2022

Seneca Village, Central Park, and Considering the Consequences of Community Expropriation in the Creation of Parks

By |2022-03-22T21:38:08-04:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: Environmental Justice, Essays and Reflections, History, NYC|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Seneca Village, Central Park, and Considering the Consequences of Community Expropriation in the Creation of Parks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct9iepqScxk&ab_channel=Smarthistory Above: a superb video and conversation between archeologist Dr. Diana Wall and art historian Dr. Steven Zucker about Seneca Village, the predominantly Black community that was razed in the process of creating Central Park. Alex Martin Seneca Village, Central Park, and Considering the Consequences [...]

22 09, 2021

The Storied English Elm of Washington Square Park, with Georgia Silvera Seamans

By |2021-09-22T11:01:13-04:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Essays and Reflections, History, Nonprofits, NYC, Recommended Urban Trees, Trees for Parks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Storied English Elm of Washington Square Park, with Georgia Silvera Seamans

The beloved shade-giving Washington Square Park English elm tree (Ulmus procera), which provides cavities and foraging for birds, squirrels, and raccoons, among other wildlife. All photos by Georgia Silvera Seamans This is the first in a series by Washington Square Park Eco Projects Director Georgia [...]

26 01, 2021

Sublime “Downtown Doors” Series Photo-Documents Staten Island Trees & Homes from 1940 to Today

By |2021-02-28T20:50:49-05:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: History, Innovative Projects and Programs, NYC|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sublime “Downtown Doors” Series Photo-Documents Staten Island Trees & Homes from 1940 to Today

This towering black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) in Staten Island’s West New Brighton neighborhood (at left, in 1940; at right, in 2020) really caught my attention this season. Although black tupelo generally occupies wet woods habitats, it can thrive under a variety of soil conditions. I’m gratified [...]

10 07, 2020

How it Happened: The History of NY ReLeaf

By |2021-02-27T23:06:54-05:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: History, NY ReLeaf|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How it Happened: The History of NY ReLeaf

Welcome to Part One of Council Cofounder Nancy Wolf’s meticulously researched and lively How it Happened: New York ReLeaf A Brief History of Urban Forestry in the United States and the Creation of the New York State Program Part 1 of 2 Answering questions such as: How does [...]

21 09, 2018

A Tribute to Our Friend Pat Tobin

By |2018-09-21T21:22:47-04:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Essays and Reflections, History, Member Profiles, Organizational News|Tags: |1 Comment

Pat Tobin in 2014 accepting Tree City USA recognition for Fayetteville, which has been a Tree City USA for nearly 20 years, thanks in no small part to Pat’s efforts. With Pat is NYSDEC Urban Forestry Partnerships Coordinator Sally Kellogg. Beloved Council Past President (2006-2009) [...]

16 04, 2018

The Rustic Symbolism of Victorian-Era Treestones

By |2018-04-16T13:15:49-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Art and Folklore, Essays and Reflections, History|Comments Off on The Rustic Symbolism of Victorian-Era Treestones

Intro and photos by Michelle Sutton What does it all mean? The tree collections in cemeteries and memorial parks are key contributors to the beauty, diversity, and ecological services of the urban forest. Since I was a teenager, I’ve loved wandering cemeteries and [...]

17 02, 2018

An Important Book for this Challenging Moment

By |2018-02-17T12:27:33-05:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Advocacy, Funding, History|Tags: , , |Comments Off on An Important Book for this Challenging Moment

As mentioned in the previous post, Jill Jonnes’s heralded 2016 book, Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape, is a key resource for educating and inspiring ourselves, our fellow citizens, and our legislators as we seek to protect our urban forests. Here’s a review. [...]

14 02, 2017

Dr. Ed Gilman on Semi-Retirement, the Research Trail He Leaves Behind, and the Nexus of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

By |2017-02-14T17:24:35-05:00February 14th, 2017|Categories: Arboriculture, Essays and Reflections, History, Member Profiles, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Dr. Ed Gilman on Semi-Retirement, the Research Trail He Leaves Behind, and the Nexus of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

Ed and Betsy Gilman, married 37 years, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge on a visit to NYC. Dr. Ed Gilman is a popular presenter among NY arborists and members of our state’s U&CF community, giving talks based on his decades of applied research at the University [...]

17 01, 2017

Tim Chick: Get to Know Him!

By |2017-01-17T11:20:04-05:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: History, Member Profiles|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tim Chick: Get to Know Him!

On Arbor Day in Lake Placid, Tim Chick teaches Girl Scouts and other groups about how to plant tree seedlings. Tim is semi-retired and a NYSUFC Board member. He works part-time as an adjunct forestry professor at Paul Smith’s College and consulting forester and is [...]

3 01, 2017

NYSUFC VP Brian Skinner on Retirement, with a Twist

By |2017-01-03T15:12:53-05:00January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Essays and Reflections, History, Member Profiles, Organizational News|Tags: , |Comments Off on NYSUFC VP Brian Skinner on Retirement, with a Twist

So … to the surprise of many (including myself), I really did finally retire from National Grid at the end of October. After 45 years of enjoying the care of trees, service to innumerable individuals, mutual and professional associations with many industry friends, and decades of sharing [...]

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