You Can’t Always Get
What You Want:
Seeking and Achieving Urban
Forest Species Diversity

Nancy Buley
Director of Communic...
Trees from Seed to City
• Many stakeholders
• Many variables
• Complicated supply chain
• Environmental challenges
• Risky...
From glut to shortage
• Unusual species more rare
• Contractors will ask for subs
• Know your suppliers
• Visit nurseries
...
Trees by the million

So where’s the diversity?
Getting what you want will require planning,
open communication and creative growing
agreements with trusted nursery partn...
Time, time, time – not on our side.

Timeline from tissue culture plantlet.
to the street in Old City Philadelphia:
Nearly...
Getting what you want will require planning,
open communication and creative growing
agreements with trusted nursery partn...
Friends of Trees
Urban Canopy Project Partnerships
driving program growth
Cultivating Relationships
Where do we grow from here?
Street tree planting in NYC
25000

20000

15000
Permitted Trees

Contract Trees

10000

5000

0
1991

1992

1993

1994

19...
Tree Procurement Contracts
•
•
•
•

3 Nurseries supply all street trees
9 year tree growing contracts
All trees get tagged...
25.00%

Species Prescriptions
20.00%

15.00%

10.00%

5.00%

0.00%
You just might find
You get what you need
THANK YOU!
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Urban Forest Species Diversity” by Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew S...
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Urban Forest Species Diversity” by Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew S...
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Urban Forest Species Diversity” by Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Matthew S...
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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 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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  • 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.
  • “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

    1. 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. 2. Trees from Seed to City • Many stakeholders • Many variables • Complicated supply chain • Environmental challenges • Risky business
    3. 3. From glut to shortage • Unusual species more rare • Contractors will ask for subs • Know your suppliers • Visit nurseries • Be creative!
    4. 4. Trees by the million So where’s the diversity?
    5. 5. Getting what you want will require planning, open communication and creative growing agreements with trusted nursery partners.
    6. 6. Time, time, time – not on our side. Timeline from tissue culture plantlet. to the street in Old City Philadelphia: Nearly a decade.
    7. 7. Getting what you want will require planning, open communication and creative growing agreements with trusted nursery partners.
    8. 8. Friends of Trees
    9. 9. Urban Canopy Project Partnerships driving program growth
    10. 10. Cultivating Relationships
    11. 11. Where do we grow from here?
    12. 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. 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. 14. 25.00% Species Prescriptions 20.00% 15.00% 10.00% 5.00% 0.00%
    15. 15. You just might find You get what you need THANK YOU!
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