Free ReLeaf Webinars 10/2 and 10/9 Volunteers and Professionals Creating Connections

10/2 9 AM Part 1 of NYC ReLeaf Webinar

Creation Connections – Volunteers and Professionals Part 1

Registration link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e89d6205feae266f5343836acb8c4ba32

Join NYC ReLeaf for a 2-part webinar series on Creating Connections: Volunteers and professionals. This virtual workshop features presentations on environmental education and volunteers, urban soils, a discussion of the Play Fair initiative and its impact on the City’s tree budget, and virtual tours of Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens and the Greenbelt Native Plant center. Part one will be October 2 and Part 2 on October 9th, both days the webinar starts at 9 AM. Part 1 features the following presentations and is approved for 1 credit for CNLP, ISA Credits are pending.

  • Virtual tour of Snug Harbor presented by Greg Lord – Director of Horticulture, Staten Island Botanical Garden
  • NYC Soils presented by Rich Shaw – Retired, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Environmental education in a natural setting presented by Suzannah Abbate – Director of Education & Engagement, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and Maritza Cuevas – Director of Education, Greenbelt Conservancy

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Free ReLeaf Webinar 10/16: Municipal Tree Ordinances and Management Implications

Ithaca City Forester and Council Board Member Jeanne Grace will be one of the presenters for the NY ReLeaf Webinar on Municipal Trees Ordinances and their Mgmt Implications. Photo by Justin Zoll from Ithaca.com

10/16 9 AM Central NY ReLeaf

Municipal tree ordinances and associated management implications

Registration Link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8e1e51ae31e7f628a4068f1a3edf1644

Join NY ReLeaf’s Central NY Region for an urban forestry webinar on municipal tree ordinances. Tree ordinances are a core part of a community’s urban forestry program but writing and updating ordinances can be a challenge. Join us to learn tips and techniques to write your first ordinance or update an existing one to help your community on its path to a strong urban forestry program.

  • Jeanne Grace, ISA Certified Arborist, City of Ithaca, “Creating a tree ordinance for large Development Projects” Ithaca has recently improved their Site Plan Review Ordinance which regulates how trees are addressed in the planning and development of a site. Jeanne will discuss the process of updating their ordinance and challenges and lessons from along the way
  • Jim Maloney, ISA Certified Arborist, National Grid, “How we can use Mary Shelby’s Frankenstein to build our first tree ordinance” Jim will discuss methods to expeditiously guide the process of building a tree ordinance and provide recommendations to avoid pitfalls and have a smoother process to declaring “It’s alive!”
  • Laura Ayers, esq., will give an over view of the legal concerns that municipal infrastructure, easements, and managing urban trees can lead, and what to keep in mind when writing or updating a tree ordinance

Nina Bassuk/Peter Trowbridge ISA New England Talk

Nina Bassuk gave this talk on her and Peter Trowbridge’s behalf for the recent virtual New England Chapter ISA Conference. This video provides the very latest synthesis of their research on and experience with creating sustainable urban landscapes.


Chestnut Chats from The American Chestnut Foundation

From The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF)

Chestnut Chat: American Chestnut Restoration and Reintroduction Plantings
Friday, August 7 at 11:30AM (EDT) 

[Watch videos from the full archives of Chestnut Chats, from a Virtual Pollination Workshop to Using Drones to Benefit Chestnut Restoration to a Conversation with Chuck Leavell, Keyboardist and Chestnut Enthusiast.]

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Urban Forestry & COVID Forums

Urban Forestry and Covid in 2020 Forum from Chicago Region Trees Initiative
August 17, 1-3 p.m.

Learn how other community forestry programs are being affected by and overcoming challenges of Covid-19. You’ll hear about resources and opportunites to make the best of a tough year, inlcuding information of advocacy, grants, and creative solutions. ISA CEUs pending. Forum is free and open to all, but registration is required.

A second webinar (Urban Forestry and Covid in 2021) on planning ahead for stretching budgets and expanding resources in 2021 will be held on December 3, 1-3 p.m. More details to come.

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Watertown Downtown Arboretum Virtual Tour This Friday (CEUs)

1.5 Certified Nursery and Landscape Program Credits

1.5 Society of American Foresters Certified Forester Credits

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The City of Watertown holds a unique urban Downtown Arboretum that provides immense beauty and many benefits for people and nature. This webinar will provide an overview of invasive tree pests that threaten the health of the arboretum, and how the City is planning to manage trees that may be impacted by these pests.

A virtual tour of the arboretum will be given through a live demonstration of an interactive online story-map. Visitors of the arboretum can access this story-map on their mobile devices and receive a virtual guided tour of the trees and other information.

Webinar participants will learn how to recognize signs of invasive tree pest infestations and be invited to volunteer to adopt a tree to help monitor the overall health of street trees in the City.

Green-Wood Cemetery as Habitat & Ecosystem: Webinar this Friday June 26th

Friday, June 26, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

pyramid cemetery meadow

Credit: Art Presson

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Did you know that Green-Wood is actively converting areas of traditional lawn to naturalistic meadow plantings? We are leading the way in this new trend among cemeteries. These meadows provide wildlife habitat and other important ecosystem services— all while providing a beautiful atmosphere for visitors. Join Jenna Webster, Senior Associate at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, to learn what it takes to make layered, dynamic plantings work within the cemetery context and understand what such plantings mean for the aesthetic traditions of memorial landscapes.

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