Holyoke Planting Goal Progress:
Last Updated: December 14, 2021
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Meet Your Local Foresters:
Education: M.S. in Urban Forestry at Oregon State University; B.S. in Horticulture at University of Vermont.
Experience: Municipal forestry in Oregon; Utility forestry in California; Public gardens in Colorado and California; Organic farming in Massachusetts and Maine.
Interests: Music, hiking, cycling, running, growing vegetables, spending time with friends.
Favorite tree & reason: Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) because it is strong, provides habitat for critters, and is a classic and beautiful player in the New England landscape.
Education: B.S. Environmental Management, Indiana University – 2014 M.S. Project Management and Operations, SNHU – 2023
Experience: ISA Certified Arborist. Began working as a Green Infrastructure Forester for the NYC DEP selecting flood-tolerant tree species to be planted in right-of-way bioswales. In 2016, I started working for the NYC Parks Dept. as a Street Tree Forester managing planting contracts in Queens and the Bronx. After 4 years in NYC, I joined The Greening of Detroit to oversee planting initiatives to expand Detroit’s urban tree canopy. In 2022, I happily accepted the GGCP Regional Forester position working out of the Westfield office.
Interests: Camping, hiking, kayaking, gardening.
Favorite Tree: Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood) has a great presence in the landscape, especially when planted in groves. This ancient tree can grow to heights of 100ft when planted in the right location. Interesting that it is a deciduous conifer that has cones but loses its foliage in the fall.