The NYS Urban Forestry Council is a
volunteer group, organized formally in 1999, to advise and
assist the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) in executing
its Urban and Community Forestry policies.The Council's major
funding, supplied through the USDA Forest Service,is supplemented
by membership dues and independent contributions...
In the last week of June I had the pleasure of meeting with the Long Island ReLeaf local planning committee as final details of our 22nd annual conference were worked out. Longtime committee member and tree expert James Caracciola graciously hosted the meeting at his beautiful waterfront home on the former Guy Lombardo Estate overlooking the Woodcleft Canal in Freeport. James showed us his name badge from the last time we held our conference at Hofstra in 1998!
The official New York State Arbor Day Celebration was held this year amid the northern red oaks (Quercus rubra) at the north end of the Empire State Plaza. The red oaks were adorned with tree tags that listed the benefits each tree provides in energy savings, cleaner air, reduced stormwater runoff, and other ecosystem services.