Getting to Know CCE Educator Vinnie Drzewucki

CCE Nassau County Horticulture and Urban and Community Forestry Resource Educator Vinnie Drzewucki (pronounced “Shavootski”) has served on the Council Board for two years. Can you tell us about your childhood influences that foreshadowed getting interested in horticulture and urban forestry? Vinnie Drzewucki: From a young age I was fascinated by plants. I think it … Read more…

Saratoga Springs & Skidmore College: Seven Things to Anticipate

Saratoga Springs (Pop. ~ 28,000) is a magical kind of town, one that invites you to explore it on foot. There are many reasons you may wish to come early or stay after the ReLeaf Conference (July 14-16), taking place at Skidmore College, ends. *Skidmore College is a 10-minute walk to the very walkable city of Saratoga … Read more…

Karen Emmerich Reflects on Municipal Forestry Institute Experience

Environmental consultant Karen Emmerich serves on the NYSUFC Board, on the Region 3 ReLeaf Committee, and as Tree Commission Chair for the Town of Warwick. Last February, the Council provided a partial scholarship for Karen to attend the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI), a weeklong leadership training for urban forestry professionals and their affiliates. “Without hesitation, … Read more…

Funding Your Urban Forest Program: A Guide for City Foresters and their Allies 

by Jennifer Gulick, Senior Consulting Community Forester, Davey Resource Group, Jenny.gulick@davey.com This article originally appeared to broad acclaim in City Trees, the magazine of the Society of Municipal Arborists. It has comprehensive advice on funding for urban and community forestry programs of all sizes–from the seasoned to the brand-new.   Remember the good old days when … Read more…

Albany Tree Planting & Urban Forestry Funding from TD Bank

Savvy community forestry programs are always on the lookout for funding opportunities. One avenue is through two urban forestry related programs of TD Bank: TD Tree Days, and TD Green Streets. Through TD Tree Days, City of Albany Forester Tom Pfeiffer and College of St. Rose Instructor and Science Education Problem-Based Learning Coordinator Mary Cosgrove … Read more…

Rebecca Hargrave: Get to Know Her!

Rebecca Hargrave is an assistant professor at Morrisville State College in Madison County in the central part of our state. She served on the NYSUFC Board for nine years. She says that as a kid who grew up in Vestal, NY, she spent a lot of time outside, camping with her family or with Girl … Read more…

The Story of the Urban Forest Strike Teams

The Urban Forest Strike Teams (UFSTs) are a means for city foresters, state foresters, commercial arborists, and others to quickly come to the aid of a region whose urban forest has been impacted by a natural disaster. Here’s the backstory.  by Paul Revell, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Virginia Department of Forestry ♦ Photos Courtesy Urban Forest … Read more…

The Red Hook Way, Part I: Stellar Tree Commission

by Brenda Cagle, Red Hook Councilwoman Q: What do you call a highly functioning, well-informed, enthusiastic tree Committee?  A: The Town of Red Hook Tree Commission (TC) ~Background~ This amazing group of seven people is “doing it by the book” and more. Led by chairperson Nancy Guski, a retired elementary school teacher, the committee is comprised … Read more…

Ed Dore and a Glimpse into Upstate’s Community Tree Planting Movement

This is an article, adapted for TAKING ROOT, that I originally wrote for Upstate Gardeners’ Journal in 2013. It’s about the amazing metro-Buffalo-based community tree advocate Ed Dore and how a portion of the upstate community tree planting movement has evolved in the last 15 years. –Michelle Sutton, TR Editor Ed Dore and a Glimpse … Read more…

SMA Announces 2015 Urban Tree of the Year

… and it’s one that’s close to our hearts, in the sense that the Tree of the Year (TOY) is none other than the one featured in bloom in our blog’s banner up top, yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea). What serendipity! Surrey, BC Urban Forester Emily Hamilton, who attended NY ReLeaf last summer at Hofstra before she … Read more…