Community Engagement

  • Conducts Arbor Day celebrations, identifying sites, selecting appropriate species and planting trees on the following streets. Annual celebrations attended by large number of school children from primary grades.
    • Avenue B (2009)
    • Habitat for Humanity homes on Sweeney Avenue and Hawkings Street (2010)
    • Washington Street Park entrance (2011)
    • Sharon Street (2012)
    • West Street School (2013)
  • Interacts with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center for neighborhood associations' annual garden walks. (Founders Square, 2012 and Historic North, 2013)
  • Hosted the annual New York ReLeaf Conference, including an on-street tour and a planning workshop on trees for malls (2010)

Forest Rejuvenation

  • Risk Management
    • Provide Department of Public Works (DPW) with ongoing information and evaluation of risk situations.
    • Advised DPW on 3-year removal plan for trees with a mid-to-high risk rating. (2009)
  • Planting/Tree Management
    • Selects new or replacement trees for special projects. Examples:
      • Department of Transportation (DOT) North Exchange renovation with input from Cornell University's Urban Horticulture Institute (2009)
      • North Main Street islands (2010)
      • Castle Street library project (2012)
      • Lakefront playground (2012)
      • Advised DPW on the integration of the City's tree database into a tree management software program. (2011)
      • Cooperates with the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center on neighborhood tree planting projects. (2012 to 2013)

Funding Opportunities

Obtains grant funds for tree plantings. Examples:

  • North Genesee, $20,000, 96 trees (2007 to 2008)
  • Hildreth Hill neighborhood (Brook Street, Lyceum Street, High Street, Nursery Avenue, Lewis Street, and William Street), $25,000, 100 trees (2009 to 2010)
  • Eight neighborhood streets (Hallenbeck Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Middle Street, North Street, Oak Street, Optical Street, Wadsworth Street, and West Street), $25,000, 100 trees (2011 to 2012)