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Events to support Healthy Trees

Natural ecosystems capture carbon, enhance biodiversity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Though trees are often sacrificed to support a modern lifestyle, there are many ways to protect the future of our forests. Bedford 2030 is hosting two events focusing on the importance of trees in climate adaptability and community health and wellness, as well as how to manage invasive species to maintain healthy trees.

Healthy Trees for a Healthy Planet 


View a recording of this event.

Wednesday, February 16th from 7-8pm

Join a virtual discussion about the role of trees in regulating climate and maintaining a healthy environment. Dr. Andrew Reinmann, Assistant Professor of the CUNY Environmental Sciences Initiative, and Jessica A. Schuler, ISA Certified Arborist and Program Coordinator of Natural Resources for the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, will present. (See full bios below)

All are welcome to attend, registration is required. 

Bedford Vine-Cutting Workshop and Removal session

Beaver Dam Sanctuary

Saturday, February 26th from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Rain date is Sunday, February 27th from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Invasive species are “non-native” species that threaten native biodiversity. Invasives harm the natural environment, contributing to habitat degradation and loss. Experts will instruct how to manage and remove invasive vines from trees.

Meet at 119 Beaver Dam Road. Parking will be along the roadside. Tools will be available, but if you have your own tools and gloves, please bring them. Dress for the weather!

Please RSVP to sskolnik@bedfordny.gov, and email with any questions. Participants younger than 18 years old will need parental or guardian approval. Forms available on request.

Co-Sponsored by the Town of Bedford, Bedford 2030, Healthy Yards and BRLA. 

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Webinar Speaker Bios:

Dr. Andrew Reinmann, from the City University of New York, will discuss trees and forests in terms of the wide range of ecosystem services they provide across urban and suburban landscapes. He will share his local studies detailing how urbanization and environmental change alter rates of tree growth and carbon sequestration and the profound role trees play in regulating local climate. His presentation will conclude with some thoughts about the utility of tree inventories, tree ordinances, and tree planting programs for boosting canopy cover in our communities.

Jessica A. Schuler, ISA Certified Arborist and Program Coordinator of Natural Resources for the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation will also address trees and the changing climate. Her talk will focus on actions we can take to help the future of our forests, neighborhood and towns. An overview of action items include: planting for climate adaptability and biodiversity, preventing and managing invasive species, urban forest management and citizen science.

Moderated by:

Budd Veverka, Director of Land Management, Mianus River Gorge Inc.
Budd has been the Director of Land Management for Mianus River Gorge Inc. since 2016. Previously, Budd spent over 10 years working as a wildlife biologist in several states across the South and Midwest. Today, Budd focuses his work on invasive species management and northeastern forest restoration. He is the organizational representative to the Lower Hudson Partnership for Invasive Species Management.

To register, Visit bit.ly/BedfordTrees, a zoom link will be sent to you upon registration.