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“You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Urban Forest Species Diversity” by Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew Stephens, NYC Parks & Recreation & Elizabeth Elbel, Friends of Trees

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Nancy Buley, Director of Communications, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew Stephens, Director of Street Tree Planting, New York City Parks & Recreation, & Elizabeth Elbel, Neighborhood Trees …

Nancy Buley, Director of Communications, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew Stephens, Director of Street Tree Planting, New York City Parks & Recreation, & Elizabeth Elbel, Neighborhood Trees Specialist, Friends of Trees, discuss fostering a relationship with nurseries to get the trees you want at the 2013 ACTrees Day.

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  • Trees for the 21st century -
  • Typical delivery and safe handling of B&B trees. It’s not just important to see a nice tree in a nursery or in the ground. The stuff that happens in between can ultimately determine if we will sign off on it. Tree mishandling is very, very evident.
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    • 1. You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Seeking and Achieving Urban Forest Species Diversity Nancy Buley Director of Communications J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Boring, Oregon nancyb@jfschmidt.com Elizabeth Elbel Neighborhood Trees Specialist ISA Certified Arborist Friends of Trees Portland, Oregon elizabethe@friendsoftrees.org Matthew Stephens Director of Street Tree Planting NYC Department of Parks & Recreation matthew.stephens@parks.nyc.gov
    • 2. Trees from Seed to City • Many stakeholders • Many variables • Complicated supply chain • Environmental challenges • Risky business
    • 3. From glut to shortage • Unusual species more rare • Contractors will ask for subs • Know your suppliers • Visit nurseries • Be creative!
    • 4. Trees by the million So where’s the diversity?
    • 5. Getting what you want will require planning, open communication and creative growing agreements with trusted nursery partners.
    • 6. Time, time, time – not on our side. Timeline from tissue culture plantlet. to the street in Old City Philadelphia: Nearly a decade.
    • 7. Getting what you want will require planning, open communication and creative growing agreements with trusted nursery partners.
    • 8. Friends of Trees
    • 9. Urban Canopy Project Partnerships driving program growth
    • 10. Cultivating Relationships
    • 11. Where do we grow from here?
    • 12. Street tree planting in NYC 25000 20000 15000 Permitted Trees Contract Trees 10000 5000 0 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    • 13. Tree Procurement Contracts • • • • 3 Nurseries supply all street trees 9 year tree growing contracts All trees get tagged by NYC Parks Be an educated consumer and know where your trees come from • Increased species availability for planting • 22 Families • 41 Genera • 24 species of Quercus • 12 Cultivars of Ulmus • 10 Cultivars of Tilia • Increased quality and consistency of tree selection and stock • Contracts are a planning tool
    • 14. 25.00% Species Prescriptions 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% 5.00% 0.00%
    • 15. You just might find You get what you need THANK YOU!

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