31 08, 2020

Washington Square Park Eco Projects & Co-founder Georgia Silvera Seamans

By |2021-02-27T23:06:32-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Arboriculture, Citizen Science, Grants, Innovative Projects and Programs, Nonprofits, NYC, Urban Forest Ecology, Youth|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Georgia Silvera Seamans (center) with the interactive Washington Square Park Eco Projects Mobile Exhibit. Photo Courtesy Street Lab Georgia Silvera Seamans is the co-founding director of Washington Square Park Eco Projects in New York City. She is an urban forester, independent researcher, and writer. Georgia has [...]

7 03, 2018

DEC Announces 2018 Annual Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale at Saratoga Tree Nursery

By |2018-03-07T19:36:09-05:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: DEC, Tree Planting, Urban Forest Ecology|Tags: , |0 Comments

Plantings Support Pollinators and Improve Habitats for Wildlife More than 50 species of trees and shrubs from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery are now available to public and private landowners and schools, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced last month. “Planting [...]

25 01, 2018

Urban Forest Ecology: Lichens! Bioindicators & Hidden Marvels, with Laura Wyeth

By |2018-01-25T16:00:25-05:00January 25th, 2018|Categories: Urban Forest Ecology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

from Perlmutter and Rivas Plata, NC State, “Urban Lichens: Environmental Indicators” presentation Lichens have been studied as bioindicators of air quality for more than 100 years. A terrific presentation called Urban Lichens: Environmental Indicators from NC State researchers dives deep into worldwide studies of lichens [...]

23 01, 2018

Pyrus, We Have a Problem: National Perspective on the Runaway Callery Pear

By |2018-01-23T13:34:54-05:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Innovative Projects and Programs, Invasive Plants, Urban Forest Ecology|Tags: , |1 Comment

Callery pear foliage and fruit. Photo by Brett O’Brien I moved from Rochester to the Hudson Valley in 2010. In the eight years since, I’ve noticed a steady proliferation of escaped Callery pears in the Valley. From one undeveloped bowl of land at a busy [...]

14 10, 2017

Urban Forest Ecology: Voracious, Parthenogenic, Intensely Squirmy Amynthas Worms

By |2021-05-05T10:41:58-04:00October 14th, 2017|Categories: Urban Forest Ecology|Tags: , |3 Comments

Amynthas worms have a characteristic white band and are extra squirmy. Council Member John T. wrote to me after last summer’s ReLeaf Conference. He was surprised that in the conversations he had with other ReLeaf folks, there was little to no awareness of the Amynthas [...]

30 09, 2017

Urban Forest Ecology: Knotweed with Laura Wyeth

By |2017-09-30T20:47:35-04:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Essays and Reflections, Forest Restoration, Urban Forest Ecology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Council member and horticulturist Laura Wyeth, with Japanese knotweed. Photo by Larry Decker Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum; Latin synonym Fallopia japonica) is indisputably a major nuisance in the urban forest. NYC Parks Natural Resources Group has documented extensive research and control methods they’ve used, in [...]

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