Accomplishments (January 2000 - January 2001):
Developed a model "Storm Damage Assessment Protocol for the Northeast"
which established a mechanism for the timely and accurate estimation of
damage costs related to storm damage to trees growing in urban areas. A
series of training workshops, outlining the assessment protocol were conducted
in New England and New York. These workshops included classroom instruction
and field exercises.
Developed a "Tree Emergency Manual for Public Officials" and an accompanying
"Resource Compendium" that is designed to be a practical and concise guide
to managing disastrous tree damage in urban and community forests. Its
focus is upon urban forests where questions of safely and cost are critical,
and its target audience is public tree managers.
Developed "Training Resource Modules for Management the Asian Longhorned
Beetle" which provide an introduction to the beetle, its life cycle, physical
characteristics and eradication protocols. Included in the training modules,
which are intended as self-study, or delivery in classroom settings, contains
a series of exercises, resource materials, decision tables and review quizzes.
Conducted a series of Asian Longhorned Beetle instructional workshops in
conjunction with the distribution of "Beetle Buster Toolboxes" in New York
City and Long Island. These 'train-the-trainer' workshops outlined the
use of the instructional materials contained in the toolboxes, including
preserved samples of adult beetles, larvae and infested wood. The workshops
were held in cooperation with NY ReLeaf and a series of local partners.
Conducted Hazard Tree Assessment Workshops, in New York and Massachusetts,
for state natural resource personnel, municipal foresters, and state transportation
agency staff. These workshops provided training materials, lectures, and
field demonstrations illustrating principles of hazard tree identification,
management response and prevention.
Provided assistance to states and communities implementing Street and Park
Tree Inventories, including training curriculum development and instruction,
and technical assistance.
Developed Street and Park Tree Inventory Templates for the collection,
archiving and analysis of data on the location, type, condition and management
needs of public street and park trees. These protocols and templates have
been incorporated into the Center's web site, providing access to a wide
range of users.
Developed a Street Tree Inventory Template for Palm Pilot® hand held
Personnel Digital Assistants (PDA) which can be linked to computerized
spreadsheet or database software programs. Field-tested the method in several
communities, utilizing student interns and municipal staff.
Updated the Northeast Center for Urban & Community Forestry's Web Site,
providing increased technical content to users and enhanced links to other
sources of technical assistance and management tools.
Provided assistance in the development of the "Ecological Cities Initiative,"
which represents a partnership between numerous organizations, researchers,
colleges and universities, non-profit and NGO's and federal and state agencies,
aiming to improve the transfer of information and technology related to
urban greenspace. Housed at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, this
initiative will conduct a series of workshops across the country over the
next two years, co-sponsored by local partners.
Provided assistance to the Springfield (MA) Water and Sewer Commission
and the Mill River Partnership, in the development of improved management
of an urban watershed, which includes four communities in Western Massachusetts.
This project will serve as a model for transfer to other watersheds in
Provided assistance in the development of an 18-minute video, and accompanying
CD-ROM, entitled "Design Alternatives for Streetscapes," which provides
an overview of the use of trees as a component of the urban environment.
Includes useful graphics, technical information and resources that can
be utilized by a wide range of audiences, ranging from practicing design
professionals to citizen based organizations.
Assisted in a study of Wood Waste Utilization in Massachusetts and present
the findings at the National Wood Waste Utilization Conference, sponsored
by Tree City USA, in Nebraska City, NE.
Provided technical assistance to the "Prospect Cemetery Restoration Project"
in Queens, New York City, including completing a site analysis and the
development of a strategy for funding and restoration of one of the oldest
graveyards in NYC.
Provide technical assistance to the "Cleaning for Breathing Initiative"
in Hunts' Point, NYC, including site visits and assistance in developing
a strategy for organizing and implementing the scope of the project, which
aims at improving the air quality in this neighborhood.
Co-Hosted the "Annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference", in cooperation
with UMass Extension, focusing on urban forest management methods, tools
and technology. Attended by over 200 participants, this conference included
speakers from industry, agencies and academic researchers.
Initiated the development of a poster and guide to "Invasive Vegetation
along the Urban/Rural Gradient," which will be completed and distributed
at a series of informational workshops being planned for the region.
Recruited and supervised two student interns, to work in cooperation with
the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management and the Northeast
Center on a street tree inventory for the City of Leominster (MA) and an
analysis of the Tree City USA program in the state of Massachusetts.
Distributed ten copies of the 3-part tree planting, selection and soils
video series produced by Cornell Cooperative Extension to each of the states
in New England, and New York.
Developed a model inventory methodology for the collection of data on urban
trail systems, including information on soil erosion, surface condition,
hazard trees and other hazards. A pilot test of the methodology was field
tested in Forest Park (Springfield, MA) utilizing student interns from
the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.
Conducted a workshop at the Annual NYReLeaf Conference, in Albany, NY at
which time participants undertook an exercise at designing an actual streetscape,
which included trees, site amenities and parking.
It is anticipated that the Northeast Center will expand its delivery
of technology transfer, technical assistance and program delivery to the
states in New England and New York over the next fiscal year through the
expansion of partnerships and cooperative agreements with state and local
agencies and organizations. It is also expected that the Center will expand
its regional role in the Northeastern Area through increased cooperation
and partnership with the two other NA Centers for Urban & Community
Forestry located in St. Paul, MN and at Keystone College in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, the Center will be working as a member of the National Urban
Forestry Technology Transfer Team, housed in the Forest Service Washington
Specific projects outlined for delivery over the next year include the
development and production of a video and CD-ROM outlining the proper selection
of plant material for planting in urban areas, a "Stormproofing Your Community"
conference to be conducted in two locations in the region, delivery of
Asian Longhorned Beetle training to community trainers in New York City,
continued technical assistance in the area of urban forest inventories
and the development of strategic management plans for urban forest resources,
the delivery of distance learning programs related to urban forest management,
and expansion of the Center's web site and a subscription list-server for
New England and New York.
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