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 NYS urban forestry have its roots in the Adirondacks?


What was the role of the first Earth Day (1970) in the genesis of urban forestry as a recognized field of study, volunteer focus, and profession?


How did New York gain the distinction of having the oldest state forestry agency in the United States?


When and where were the first national urban forestry conferences held, and who organized them?


Who were the first NYSDEC Regional Foresters for urban forestry, including the first two women?


How did volunteers and nonprofits fuel the creation of the urban and community forestry movement in NYS?


What important role did Isabel Wade of Friends of the Urban
Forest in San Francisco do in shaping the national awareness of the emerging profession?


What did the Farm Bill mean for urban forestry?


“How did three Texans help NYS get a huge jump in funding for its urban forestry program?”

Read the History of NY ReLeaf here

We thank Nancy for the many, many hours she’s invested in this important project of historical documentation of our beloved field of urban forestry. 🌳🌳🌳

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