19 07, 2019

Celebrating Brian Skinner August 3 at 11 a.m. in Ithaca

By |2019-07-19T18:20:50-04:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Memorials, Organizational News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dear Council Members & Friends, There will be a celebratory gathering and tree dedication on Saturday August 3rd, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the F.R. Newman Arboretum at Cornell to remember Brian Skinner. His family will be present and this will be a chance to share funny [...]

29 09, 2018

Pictorial: Honoring Brian Skinner, Remembering Pat Tobin

By |2018-09-29T13:11:05-04:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Events, Member Profiles, Organizational News, Tree Planting|Tags: , |0 Comments

  Following a tree planting in his honor, Brian Skinner’s friends and colleagues gave him a bucket truck salute. Among the speakers were Jim Maloney from National Grid, Rich Nelson from the New York State Arborists, and Council Secretary Steve Harris. Photo by Sally Kellogg/DEC [...]

3 01, 2017

NYSUFC VP Brian Skinner on Retirement, with a Twist

By |2017-01-03T15:12:53-05:00January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Essays and Reflections, History, Member Profiles, Organizational News|Tags: , |0 Comments

So … to the surprise of many (including myself), I really did finally retire from National Grid at the end of October. After 45 years of enjoying the care of trees, service to innumerable individuals, mutual and professional associations with many industry friends, and decades of sharing [...]

11 11, 2016

POWER-ful Allies: Utility Arborists Bring Valuable Perspective to the Council Board

By |2016-11-22T19:56:06-05:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Member Profiles, Organizational News, Utility Arboriculture|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Council is tremendously pleased that three utility arborists have joined the Board: Orange and Rockland Utilities Manager of Vegetation Management Mark Beamish, NYSEG Lead Analyst Vegetation Manager Jeff Bell, and PSEG Long Island Forestry Supervisor Larry Ferrandiz. Council Vice President and National Grid Senior [...]

10 12, 2015

NATIONAL GRID’S “10,000 TREES…AND GROWING” PROGRAM: CAN IT HELP YOUR UPSTATE COMMUNITY FOREST GROW?

By |2015-12-10T10:38:44-05:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: Funding|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The massive 1998 ice storm in upstate NY left thousands in the St. Lawrence valley without power for weeks and caused widespread, catastrophic damage to community trees and utility infrastructure alike. Who would think that the massive grey clouds that settled over upstate New York [...]

1 04, 2014

Getting to Know Brian Skinner, our Council VP

By |2016-04-27T10:48:59-04:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Member Profiles|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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 [...]

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