Cost-Share Grant Stories: Village of Scottsville Forestry Board

Elizabeth Murray is a former Village of Scottsville Trustee and a past chairperson of the Village’s Forestry Board, and now serves as the Forestry Board’s clerk. She provided this background narrative about Scottsville’s two successful cost-share grant awards and their implementation. Following that is a quick Q&A with Elizabeth. Background In late 2009, the Village … Read more…

For NY Communities with New UF Programs: Quick Start Grant Apps Due Dec 2, 2014

QUICK START GRANTS!  “The New York State Urban Forestry Council has taken another major step forward in its mission to support the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Urban and Community Forestry Program. As one of the most active councils in the United States, we are very excited about administering a grant program that … Read more…

Nina Bassuk Part I: The Early Days of Our Council

Previously we featured super dynamo Council cofounder Nancy Wolf. Continuing in that series, we talk here with another beloved Council cofounder and current board member, Cornell Urban Horticulture Director Nina Bassuk, who prefers to go by “Nina.” We asked her about her recollections about the early days of the Council. In a subsequent post, we’ll … Read more…

A Whitman’s Sampler of ReLeafers

Urban and community foresters (both paid and volunteer) and their advocates and allies are some of the most interesting and warm people you will meet. I endeavored to meet everyone at the 2014 ReLeaf Conference at Hofstra, but alas, the buzzer went off too soon. I wish there had been more time to trade our … Read more…

Historic “Great Trees” Returning to NYC

In January 2008, a small group of intrepid high school students from New York City’s John Bowne High School joined a team of arborists from Bartlett Tree Experts high in the canopy of one of Central Park’s oldest trees. They sought to make sure that this tree, a European Beech planted at the direction of … Read more…

ReLeaf Conference Coming Up! Some Highlights from the Program

The 22ND Annual NYS ReLeaf Conference    July 17-19 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY REGISTER NOW FOR BEST RATE! Please see the full program here.   HIGHLIGHTS:  Plenary Session: Trees for the Urban Landscape This presentation will showcase Nina’s knowledge and recommendations for the best trees to use in urban settings. Municipalities will learn the best … Read more…

The Story of BROW: Planting Street Trees Beyond the Right-of-Way—and What it Means for New Yorkers

By Al Wegener, Landscape Consultant Is it legal for a municipality to plant street trees beyond the right-of-way (ROW)—that is, on private property? It’s a question I’ve run into a lot when planning street trees with towns and villages.  That’s in part because with the widening of our roads over the years and the construction … Read more…

Urban Forestry Award Winners

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens recognized award winners for their participation in urban forestry activities across the state at a ceremony held March 27, 2014 at the Downtown Albany Hilton Hotel. Communities and organizations meeting the standard requirements in the programs administered by DEC’s State Forester and the Arbor Day Foundation … Read more…

Getting to Know Brian Skinner, our Council VP

Can you tell us about your childhood influences that foreshadowed getting interested in arboriculture and urban forestry, and about your education? Brian: Both my grandfathers were heavy into gardening, and I spent many a day helping them with vegetables, fruit, and flowers. My dad was active in the Boy Scouts when he grew up and continued … Read more…

Lori Brockelbank’s Tour des Trees Adventure Continues

NYSUFC Treasurer Lori Brockelbank is preparing for her second year in the STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong cycling event which benefits the TREE (Tree Research and Education Endowment) Fund. This year, riders will traverse Wisconsin from July 27-August 2 and will stop in Madison, Door County, Green Bay, and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, … Read more…