So many accomplishments to celebrate in 2019! You can see the report in flip mag form on Issuu or read a PDF here. The NYSUFC treasures its many partners who made all this good work possible. Thank you, friends!
NANCY WOLF SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT URBAN FORESTRY ACTIVITY AROUND THE STATE
Nancy Wolf is writing a short history of urban forestry in New York State from the earliest days of the late 19th century through today’s successful program.
Archival materials have not been systematically collected, unfortunately, but she is in touch with many who have been active in the program and they are pleased to share memories and any information they have.
She would like anyone to let her know information, particularly the following:
1. Were there any “tree groups” or environmental organizations that celebrated the original Earth Day in 1970?
2. Did any “tree groups” or environmental groups work with DEC in the early days of urban forestry from 1978 through 1991? She would like details about this period, particularly. The Urban Forestry Coordinators during this period were Carl Wiedemann and Peter Innes.
3. What “tree groups” are there now that are doing local urban forestry work, either on their own or in cooperation with local and state agencies?
4. She would like details of the planning groups that were created by the expansion of New York ReLeaf in the early 1990’s. Many of the materials of that time have disappeared.
If you have memories or other information, please write to Nancy at email@example.com or call her at 718-834-4589.
DEC Nursery’s Spring Sale Happening Now
DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery’s annual seedling sale is happening now! Dozens of tree and shrub species are available for purchase for conservation plantings across New York State. You can browse this year’s selection on our website, and we recommend placing your order by phone for the most up-to-date species availability information. The sale runs until May 15th, and seedlings are shipped mid-April through May.
Buffer in a Bag – Deadline April 10 (or While Supplies Last)
Don’t forget – if you’re a landowner with at least 50 feet of streamside property in New York State, you may be eligible for 25 free tree and shrub seedlings through DEC’s Buffer in a Bag initiative! Buffer in a Bag seedlings are intended to create riparian buffers that help prevent erosion, improve water quality, and create wildlife habitat along water.
Qualifying landowners are selected on a first-come, first-served basis now through April 10, while supplies last. Learn more and find an application on Buffer in a Bag program website.
NYSUFC Board Member Sophia Rodbell recently graduated from the 2020 Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI), funded in part by a scholarship from the Council. It was held in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Can you tell us about your job background and education?
Sophia Rodbell: I started working at Davey Resource Group Inc. (DRG) after graduating from Roanoke College in 2014. I started as an inventory arborist, moved to urban forester, took on more responsibility as a site manager, and then became a project manager when I joined our NYC team to manage the urban forestry component of our office. Prior to moving to NYC I was on the road 365 days a year, working up and down the East Coast, all across the Midwest, as far south as Texas and as far west as California. DRG gave me the chance to see all parts of the United States—as long as they had trees, I was there.
I am currently a DRG Project Manager; I work with a team of five to ten arborists in different places in their careers. This is the same work I previously did, but on a regional scale. We help mid-Atlantic clients—from Northern Virginia to Central New York—with their urban forests. We also have the opportunity to send staff across the country to assist other regional offices; it is awesome seeing them have the same experience I received.
From NYC’s Natural Areas Conservancy comes this note from Director Sarah Charlop-Powers and her team. We thought it would be of interest to all those who are looking for comfort in natural areas and parks across New York State.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir
From all of us at the Natural Areas Conservancy –
We are reaching out to our community of friends and supporters — knowing that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives in ways we could not have imagined.
The resilience of this city is truly incredible, and we are especially thankful for our friends and colleagues in public service who are working hard to provide citywide services during this difficult time. This includes the staff of NYC Parks who are keeping our parks open for all New Yorkers.
As we all continue to adjust to this new normal, we want to share a few updates on how our staff at the Natural Areas Conservancy are responding.
Council Member and SavATree Arborist Jean Zimmerman recently attended the 2020 Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) with partial assistance from a Council scholarship. With this MFI class, more than 750 urban forestry and affiliated professionals have completed the weeklong leadership training. Jean’s account of her experience is literary in nature because in addition to being an arborist, she is a published author.
Sugar white sands. Crashing waves. The occasional parabolic arc of a dolphin off shore. We gathered along Alabama’s famously gorgeous Gulf Coast, sixty-five pilgrims from all over the country and abroad. We had come to sharpen our leadership skills at the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI), a long-running (since 2006) continuing education symposium that is celebrated as one of the best in the world. I remember arriving at the Gulf Shores Hilton, being unsure of whether I could fit in.
My fellow MFIers came from varied backgrounds. Some were urban foresters at municipalities of varying size, from New York City to Denton, Texas. Others hailed from not-for-profits, such as TreePhilly in Philadelphia. One participant, a champion tree-climber, represented the happiest place in the world, Disneyland. Another traveled from Sweden. There were representatives of PlanIT Geo and Davey Tree. I came to Gulf Shores from SavATree, the third largest tree care company in the United States, where I work as a commercial and consulting arborist.
An article about SUNY-ESF alum and Council Past President David Moore appeared in the Winter 2020 edition of ESF Magazine, a publication for alumni and friends of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Called “Alumnus Honored as ‘Trailblazer’ Promotes Benefits of Urban Forestry,” the interview conducted by Judy Gelman Myers starts with David’s educational background in forestry and public policy, presents basic concepts of urban forestry, and ends with David urging people to see working in government as an opportunity and an honor.
In February, the City of Syracuse Forestry Division released a draft Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP), which provides a roadmap to a healthy, safe, and expanding tree canopy for the City. The Plan contains definable and measurable 5-year and 20-year goals.
One major goal is to plant 70,000 new trees in 20 years. To meet that goal, the City will recruit owners of public and private property, including cemeteries, apartments, schools, churches and single-family homes, to plant most of those trees. “A critical part of the initiative is to build on and expand partnerships to implement what is proposed in the Plan,” says Syracuse City Arborist and NYSUFC Vice President Steve Harris.