30 12, 2020

Top Five NYSUFC Blog Posts of 2020

By |2021-02-27T23:05:58-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Essays and Reflections, SMA, Tree Planting, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

B&B (balled-and-burlapped) trees are useful for certain species at certain sizes in spring vs. fall, but bare root is often a workable, much more affordable and volunteer-friendly alternative. Photo Courtesy Nina Bassuk #1 Transplanting and a Deeper Look at “Fall Hazards” This post resonates! It’s been [...]

14 09, 2020

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Quercus michauxii

By |2021-02-27T23:06:31-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Author Jean Zimmerman with one of Ithaca’s thriving swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii) street trees, about 15 years old. Council Board Member and Commercial & Consulting Arborist for SavATree Jean Zimmerman provided this superb story and photos. Jean is also an extensively published author (jeanzimmerman.com), [...]

14 09, 2020

Nina Bassuk/Peter Trowbridge ISA New England Talk

By |2021-02-27T23:06:32-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Nina Bassuk, Urban Horticulture Institute, Webinars & Online Workshops|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nina Bassuk gave this talk on her and Peter Trowbridge's behalf for the recent virtual New England Chapter ISA Conference. This video provides the very latest synthesis of their research on and experience with creating sustainable urban landscapes.

28 12, 2018

SMA Announces 2019 Urban Tree of the Year

By |2018-12-28T17:23:29-05:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: Nina Bassuk, Recommended Urban Trees, SMA, Society of Municipal Arborists, UHI, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) coping admirably well with the heat on the student union patio at Virginia Tech. Photo by Eric Wiseman Each year, members of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) vote for the SMA Urban Tree of the Year. Praise for this year’s winner, American [...]

31 07, 2017

Updated Guide to Shrubs for Stormwater Retention

By |2017-07-31T12:21:09-04:00July 31st, 2017|Categories: Stormwater, Urban Horticulture Institute|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cornell’s Urban Horticulture Institute (UHI) has released the second edition of its Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices (Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions). The updated and expanded 57-page guide is an essential resource for choosing plants that can provide low-maintenance, attractive cover for filter strips, swales, rain gardens, and [...]

1 01, 2016

Top Five Blog Posts of 2015

By |2016-04-26T15:37:18-04:00January 1st, 2016|Categories: Arboriculture, Essays and Reflections, Innovative Projects and Programs, Member Profiles, Organizational News, ReLeaf Conference, Research, Top Blog Posts, Urban Forest Master Plans|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Council blog was viewed more than 14,000 times in 2015! Here are the top five posts: Sumana Serchan: Get to Know Her! Sumana Serchan is an urban forester with NYC Parks and Recreation. Sumana has a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of [...]

13 10, 2015

Transplanting and a Deeper Look at “Fall Hazards”

By |2015-10-13T20:49:42-04:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Arboriculture, Research, Urban Horticulture Institute|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

B&B trees dug properly—i.e., when dormant. Photo by Matthew Stephens by NYC Parks Director of Street Tree Planting Matthew Stephens and Taking Root Editor Michelle Sutton We coauthored this story questioning commonly held beliefs about “fall hazards,” mostly as it applies to B&B trees, but we [...]

8 09, 2015

Bassuk, Luley, and Nowak Receive Awards at ISA Orlando

By |2016-06-29T15:33:57-04:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: Awards|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Chris Luley accepting his R.W. Harris Author's Citation Award, granted to authors for sustained excellence in the publication of timely information pertaining to the field of arboriculture. In early August, at the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual International Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, [...]

23 06, 2015

Ithaca’s Urban Forest Master Plan: A Template for Other Munis

By |2016-04-26T15:57:42-04:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Innovative Projects and Programs, Urban Forest Master Plans, Urban Horticulture Institute|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Looking for a template as you craft or revise your community’s urban forest master plan (UFMP)? Ithaca once again leads the way. The newly revised document includes a master plan, tree inventory data, and arboricultural guidelines. To borrow from the Pittsburgh UFMP, “An Urban Forest Master Plan [...]

1 05, 2015

Nina Bassuk Receives Frederick Law Olmsted Award from Arbor Day Foundation

By |2016-06-29T15:37:51-04:00May 1st, 2015|Categories: Arbor Day, Member Profiles, Organizational News, Urban Horticulture Institute|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Last fall, the NYSUFC nominated beloved Cornell Urban Horticulture Institute (UHI) Director and longtime former Council President Nina Bassuk for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Frederick Law Olmsted Award. Current Council President Andy Hillman read the award description and said, “This appears to have been written for Nina!” [...]

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