Springfield Planting Goal Progress:
Last Updated: December 14, 2021
Am I In The Zone?
Meet Your Local Foresters:
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.
Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring, education and citizen science. We realize that the strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. The Greening the Gateway Program is one of our most important neighborhood engagement and greening programs. With this as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to ‘regreen’ the city… one tree at at time.