Jamestown Community College Plants Sugar Maple to Celebrate 11 Years as Tree Campus USA

Council Board Member Lori Brockelbank sent news from Western NY: Jamestown Community College celebrates 11 years as a Tree Campus USA!
Present at the Jamestown Community College planting of a Highland Park Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘Hipzam’) in honor of 11 years of Tree Campus USA status were students, staff, Lori Brockelbank, Jamestown City Mayor Eddie Sundquist, and JCC President Daniel DeMarte.

Cassadaga Honors Loss of Young Girl with Tree Planting, Celebrates First Year as Tree City USA

The Village of Cassadaga in Chautauqua County recently celebrated Arbor Day and dedicated a newly planted dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) to a seven-year-old Cassadaga girl, Emmaline A. Wilcox, tragically killed in a car accident last spring. Nate Murray (above left) from the Region 9 DEC Office attended the event and helped plant the dawn redwood tree. The Village also celebrated their first year as a Tree City USA.

Family members of Emmaline Wilcox gathered to remember and celebrate her with the planting of a dawn redwood tree.

Thank you to Lori Brockelbank for forwarding news and photos.

 

Successful Tree Planting, Rochester’s Urban El Camino Trail in DEC Conservationist Magazine

See the recent online edition of NYS Conservationist for interesting features, including one coauthored by DEC UCF staff Christina McLaughlin and Dan Gaidasz on “How to Plant a Tree Successfully.” There’s also a piece called “Strides through an Urban Trail” about Rochester’s El Camino: Butterhole-Seneca Park Trail, a multi-use pedestrian greenway that was adapted from an old railroad line. Other features treat environmental justice in NYS, planting for pollinators, dogs that detect invasive insects, monarch butterflies, the Tonawanda Wildlife Mgmt Area, and New York’s damselflies and dragonflies. Check out this superb publication.

“Fall Planting and a Deeper Look at ‘Fall Transplanting Hazards'” is Blog’s Most-Viewed Post

Dr. Nina Bassuk, at left, with students of her Creating the Urban Eden class in fall of 2019. Nina contributes the seminal “Five Branches of Transplanting Success” section of the “Fall Planting and A Deeper Look at ‘Fall Hazards'” post.

Fall planting season is underway, and many NY towns and cities are taking advantage of this season’s combination of still-warm soils with cooler air temps, which lends itself to success with fall planting of a variety of tree species in parks and along streets. Since the Council blog was launched in 2014, the most often viewed post (6323 views!) has been this one, about Fall Planting and a Deeper Look at “Fall Hazards.” We will do an update this winter, but the existing content remains solid and clearly has been of practical value to many folks. Check it out if you haven’t already!

Watertown’s Black River Trail Expansion Capped by Fall Tree Planting

Thank you to Council Board Member and City of Watertown Planner Mike DeMarco for sharing this background and pics.  

The third and final segment of the Black River Trail was completed in a joint effort between NYS Parks, City of Watertown, and NYS DOT. This project, 15 years in the making, originated as a rails-to-trails project that provided users an Adirondack-esque experience just one mile outside of the City limits.

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Millions, Billions, and Trillions – Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?

Free webinar:

October 14, 2020 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

Millions, Billions, and Trillions – Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?
Michelle Johnson, USDA Forest Service
Rich Hallett, USDA Forest Service
Rachel Holmes, The Nature Conservancy

Lauryn’s Watering in Watertown: A Key Role in a Late Summer Bur Oak Transplanting

photos courtesy Mike DeMarco

Coming out of the end of my sophomore year at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I was hoping for an internship for the summer, or at least a job. Unfortunately, both of the internships I had lined up fell through due to COVID-19. Luckily, however, I came across the opportunity to be the urban forestry assistant for the City of Watertown.

My job this summer was to water and prune the young trees and also water the older ash trees that had been given root treatments for emerald ash borer. My position was a hybrid, housed between the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) and the Department of Public Works (DPW), which was really unique and made my summer all that more interesting. For instance, I realized how important the collaboration between the two was when we had to do an emergency tree transplanting in a construction site in the City.

The DPW was in the process of putting in a new sidewalk that was very close to an existing bur oak tree (Quercus macrocarpa). The DPW could have just taken the tree out or pretended it wasn’t there and severely damaged its root system, but instead they called the OPCD; they wanted to do a tree relocation and put the bur oak in place of a tree that had died about 15 feet away.

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Council Offers New “Tree City USA Reward Grant”

Michelle Sutton

Deadline to Apply is 09/14/20

The NYS Urban Forestry Council is pleased to announce grants for communities to plant large specimen trees or a grove of trees in a prominent location within the community. Full Details, Application, and Contact Info

Communities in New York State that have been a Tree City USA for at least the past five years can apply for up to $1,000. Funding has been provided by the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

Grant Goals

The intent of this grant is to encourage municipalities to sustain their community forestry program and maintain their status as a Tree City USA Community through a celebratory tree planting.

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Quick Start Grant Recipient Town of Glenville Achieves Tree City USA Status, Plants 200 Trees

Town of Glenville staff Matt and Joe plant trees as part of the community’s extended 2020 Arbor Day celebration, funded in part by a NYSUFC Quick Start grant. The Town also recently achieved Tree City USA status. Congrats to Glenville!

This account was provided by the Town of Glenville. 

The Town of Glenville in Schenectady County envisioned a one-day Arbor Day event to plant trees and clean the parks. That was pre-pandemic. Post-pandemic the Town found the perfect opportunity to tout our parks and tree planting online.

Going online helped keep residents focused on positive actions. Over the course of the past few months we encouraged the public to plant trees, explore nature (alone), and celebrate Arbor Day.

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