Arbor Day Webinar Conference

Members of the campus community and the general public were invited once again to celebrate National Arbor Day with the Canal Forest Restoration Project (CFRP) and Rice Creek Field Station!

This year's series will be delivered as five lunchtime webinars on Fridays throughout April 2022.


2020 and 2021 webinar recordings are available on the CFRP YouTube channel.

Webinar Series Schedule

Fridays in April 2022 | Noon to 1 pm

Webinars are 45-60 minutes long, including time for questions.


April 1 | The New York State Hemlock Initiative

Presenter: Caroline A. Marschner, NYS Hemlock Initiative, Cornell University

Description: Join us to learn about the importance of eastern hemlock for land and water ecology and how to preserve this species from hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive forest pest attacking hemlock on the East Coast. Marschner will also be talking about the impact and biology of the hemlock woolly adelgid, management options, and ongoing research. Learn about volunteer opportunities on your own property or in the larger landscape to help stop the spread of this destructive pest.


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April 8 | ESF’s Wildflower Restoration Project

Presenter: Dr. Gregory McGee, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Description: Across the Northeast, herbaceous understory plant diversity is frequently depleted in secondary, post-agricultural forests, and these understories require active restoration to improve landscape-level forest diversity and build resilience to future change.  Pilot projects have demonstrated the promise of direct seeding and transplants to restore plant diversity across post-agricultural landscapes, and we will discuss possible approaches to understory restoration in the Canal Forest region.

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April 15 | The Centennial Arboretum and a Recap for 2021: Canal Forest Restoration Project & the Office of Sustainability

Presenters: Kate Spector and Jon Mills (Office of Sustainability) & Robert Salerno (CFRP/Rice Creek)

Description: The 1961 Centennial Arboretum was gifted to the SUNY Oswego campus through donations made by community members and businesses to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the institution’s founding. As the campus expanded, the Arboretum was no longer centrally located, leaving it forgotten. In 2021, efforts to revive the arboretum resulted in an addition of 21 new and diverse tree species, planted by community members, student volunteers, and campus staff. The future of the Centennial Arboretum includes expansion to support both the ecological and educational connections between the campus community and the land in which we reside. This webinar will also include updates about other campus tree projects, including success stats from the CFRP 2021 tree giveaways. 


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April 22 | Book Talk: The Nature of Oaks

Presenter: Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor & New York Times bestselling author

Description: Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. The Nature of Oaks reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own yards and restorations. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them. 


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April 29 | Climate Change Forestry: Afforestation in New York

Presenter: Bryan Ellis, NYS DEC Climate Change Forester

Description: Celebrate National Arbor Day with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Climate Change Forester Bryan Ellis. In the last 10 years, New York has started to lose forests statewide to conversion to other land uses, such as development. Adding forests across the state provides many benefits from water protection, to wildlife habitat, forest products, climate mitigation, and carbon sequestration. Increasing the scale of tree planting efforts across the state will be critical to reversing the forest loss trend in New York and helping to mitigate climate change. When analyzing these efforts it’s important to consider carefully species selection, planting sites, and available acreage statewide when planning large-scale planting efforts.

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