Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 11th - Right Tree for the Right Place Municipal Tree Seminar

Dear Friend of Municipal Trees,

Please register to join us for this cutting-edge seminar sponsored by Con Edison, and forward this notice to interested colleagues:

Right Tree for the Right Place
Municipal Tree Seminar

Friday June 11, 2010, 8:30 am-Noon
at the Greenburgh Nature Center

Download program details, speaker list, and registration form.

Please call me if you have any questions about the program or registration.

Looking forward to seeing you on June 11 at the Greenburgh Nature Center!

Best wishes,

Anne Jaffe Holmes
Coordinator of School Programs & Environmental Projects
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
P: 914-813-1812
F: 914-725-6599

Online presentations (ppt or pdf) linked by speaker:

Mark Gilliland
Jerry Bond
Rick Harper
Frank Buddingh'


Kristina in Greenburgh said...

I think this is a great step in the right direction. My concerns are the following: 1) If this is actually for the education of the town residents, why is this (the second seminar of the kind) being held again during a work day when most people can't attend? 2) Shouldn't the "right tree in the right place" be planted along the distribution lines and transmission lines from which they were removed? Isn't that the point of this education seminar?

-mg- said...


The focus of the seminar is for municipal workers & planners mainly, although much of the info might also be useful to a homeowner. The time (Friday, half day) was chosen to allow muni workers to more easily attend.

In terms of your second question about planting / replanting, this is certainly the desired goal - although the focus is broader than power lines, but Street and Park trees, in general. For example, how to ensure the planting sites are adequate for the tree to survive and prosper. How to maintain, prune and diagnose a street tree over its lifetime.

The issues with replanting along power lines get complicated, as I am sure you know! In irvington, many of the spots where trees had to be removed last fall during the distribution line clearing are in fact NOT replantable due to various factors and conditions, even with a smaller tree.

And along the transmission lines, the result is generally no better - esp. with Con Ed's insistence for replanting only off-ROW (on other's property).

Of course, any replanting offered by Con Ed is surprising in general as their stated policy is not to replant anything. Leave it up to private homeowners or municipalities to foot the bill.