Ecology + Design

GJLD Sponsors Bedford 2030 Power of Trees Event: Saturday March 25th 2023

Don’t miss The Power of Trees, hosted by Bedford 2030 next Saturday March 25th! We are very excited for this event and so thankful for the environmental champions over at Bedford 2030 for creating tree awareness, especially during an unfortunate time of clearcutting throughout many parts of Westchester.

The event will be held at Fox Lane Highschool (632 S Bedford Rd, Bedford, NY) on Saturday March 25thfrom 9 AM to 1 PM.

Tickets are $25, with an optional breakfast add on for $10.

Expo Activities & Green Companies

An Expo-only ticket is free and will gain you access to activities ranging from Mushroom Growing Demo to Forest Bathing and Tree ID Nature Walks. View the schedule and activity descriptions.

Green Jay Landscape Design will be participating as an event sponsor. Visit our table at the expo! We’ll have examples of our design work and are happy to answer any questions you might have about ecological landscape design and native plants.

Tree and Land Experts Speak at Power of Trees

The lineup of speakers at the Power of Trees this Saturday is inspiring!

First up, Jessica Schuler, the keynote speaker, is bringing her expertise as the Program Coordinator of Natural Resources for Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Jessica earned a BS in Plant Science with Distinction in Research from Cornell University, is a horticulturist, a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner and an ISA-certified arborist. She was previously Director of the Thain Family Forest at The New York Botanical Garden.

Other speakers include:

Cathy Ludden: is on the Steering Committee of the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College and is the former president of the Board of Directors of Greenburgh Nature Center. She has been consulting, designing and planting pollinator gardens and meadows for the past decade.

Taro Ietaka: Taro works for the Conservation Division of Westchester County Parks overseeing nature centers and the biodiversity program. He has been especially involved in combatting Beech Leaf Disease  with Lower Hudson PRISM.

Rod Christie: is the Executive Officer for the Mianus River Gorge, a land trust that protects over 1000 acres of land including 100 acres of old-growth forest. Rod has a background in wildlife biology and has worked with not-for-profits for decades

Dr. Andrew Reinmann: Dr. Reinmann is an ecologist and biochemist who studies the effects of environmental change on plant-mediated controls of terrestrial carbon cycling.

Gentian Falstrom: Gentian is the Land Project Manager at Westchester Land Trust, shepherding new land conservation projects through to completion. She also serves as the Chair of the Bedford Conservation Board, which provides input on applications and proposals before the town, as well as drafts new ordinances for the benefit of the town’s natural resources.

Kim Eierman: Kim is the founder of EcoBeneficial LLC, where she specializes in ecological landscape design and native plants. Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and The Native Plant Center and is the author of The Pollinator Victory Garden.

Bill Davies: Bill is an ISA certified arborist and has been caring for trees in Westchester for over forty years. He is knowledgeable about all aspects of quality tree care, using the most environmentally friendly methods available.

JoAnn Messina: JoAnn is the current and founding Executive Director of the Greenwich Tree Conservancy. She is a member of the Task Force reviewing CT DOT clearcutting in Greenwich and of a Greenwich task force planting trees along Route 1.

Shannon Holsey: Shannon is in her fourth term as president of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians. She. has committed the Tribe to serving as good stewards of its economic, environmental and culture as well as intellectual resources.

Tatiana Grossman: Tatiana is a cofounder of Corridor, a company seeking to scale the fastest natural reforestation method known that grows thriving forests in months instead of decades.

Alexander Graham Marcoulides: Alexander led his students to plant 100 trees in Newark, New Jersey and was inspired to continue reforesting some of our most polluted cities. At One Tree Planted he helped raise funds to reforest the Australian outback and Amazon rainforest. He now works with Tatianna at Corridor.


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