Taunton Planting Goal Progress:
Last Updated: January 22, 2024
Am I In The Zone?
Meet Your Local Foresters:
Education: B.S. Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts- Amherst.
Experience: Prior experience as the Forestry Assistant in Brockton’s Greening the Gateway Cities Program where I developed skills in community engagement, tree planting, identification, maintenance and site selection on residential and large-scale commercial/public properties. I’ve also completed various Continuing Education programs focused on Urban & Community Forestry and Tree Care.
Interests: Getting active outdoors! Primarily hiking, mountain biking, skiing and more recently, kayaking. I also grew up playing sports and really enjoy pick-up basketball, softball and golf.
Favorite Tree: My favorite tree would have to be the Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera). I’m really drawn to the size and beauty of mature Tuliptrees. They’re a statement tree that grow quickly, some specimen tower over 100 feet tall. They develop yellow, tulip-like flowers throughout the canopy in the spring. In the fall, the uniquely shaped leaves turn a beautiful gold color. The size makes it a great shade tree, it’s flowers support local pollinators and foliage draws attention in any landscape.
Education: M.S. Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst (2021); B.S. Environmental Science, University of New England (2015).
Experience: ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. I began working with the GGCP in 2015 and after a few years I left to pursue my M.S. at UMass Amherst where I studied municipal arboriculture and wrote my thesis on teaching people to prune trees. After graduating I worked for the Cornell Cooperative Extension helping the city of Syracuse and surrounding communities of Central New York improve their urban forestry practices.
Interests: Backpacking, Vegetables, Tree Climbing, Star Trek
Favorite Tree: Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) always gets me excited. It is one of the tallest trees that thrives in the urban environment, and I think every community should have a few towering trees!