Folks from Tree Campus Higher Education, Tree Line Utilities, and Tree City USA communities networked and shared ideas at the DEC Urban Forestry awards at the Fireside Inn in Baldwinsville (Onondaga County) earlier this month. DEC UCF Partnerships Coordinator Christina McLaughlin gave attendees the prompt, “What do you want to see for your community’s trees in the next five to ten years?” and then each table shared with the room a summary of the ensuing discussion. A common theme was  pursuing a more proactive approach for the care of community trees. All photos by Matt Viglucci


From left to right: Anne Young (Manlius), Kate Woodle (Dewitt), David Mitchell (Dewitt), and Stephanie Guereschi (Manlius), celebrating longtime Tree City USA status (twelve years for Dewitt including nine years of Growth Awards, and 19 years for Manlius) with DEC’s Christina McLaughlin.


Buffalo State Arboretum Manager Steve Sypniewski (center) and Campus Planner Sarah Reid (left) pose with Christina McLaughlin as they celebrate Buff State’s becoming a Tree Campus Higher Education designee.


NYSDEC Urban and Community Forestry Program Specialist Matt Viglucci (left) and Rebecca Hargrave, Associate Professor at SUNY Morrisville, celebrate Morrisville’s long tenure as a Tree Campus Higher Education designee.


Warren Allen from Tree Watertown (left) and DEC Region 6 Forester Mike Giocondo (center) celebrate Watertown’s 23 years as a Tree City USA with Christina McLaughlin.


DEC Forester Rob Cole gave the assembled group an update on Spongy Moth and other urban forest threats.