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Week Nine: Brown Bag Lecture

 “The Best Trees for Home, Urban, & City Landscapes in the Northeast”
Speaker/Guide: Don Leopold
Distinguished Teaching Professor SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Author

Location: Smith Wilkes Hal

Understanding the best trees for home, urban, and city landscapes in the northeast will equip you with the knowledge to determine what you do for that next landscaping project.  Don Leopold Ph.D. will identify many different tree species that can be considered depending on site characteristics and desired aesthetics (size, form, flowering, fall color, unusual bark, etc.)  Some of the selection choices will even include food value.  The best tree species and rationale for their selection will be presented, as will tree species that should be avoided because of their liabilities.

After Don Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, he joined the Dept. of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY ESF in ‘85.  He has taught dendrology every year since.  In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor and in 1999, he was awarded the first SUNY ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in teaching. In 2007 Don received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.  He was Chair of his Dept. from July 2005 recently stepped down at the end of Feb. 2019. 

In 2007 he began serving on the US Army Corp of Engineers National Technical Committee on Wetland Vegetation.  His research primarily focuses on the ecology of native plant species and natural communities, examining drivers of diversity and rarity at micro to macro scales; the restoration of unique plant communities on alkaline industrial wastes in urban areas; and applications of this research to sustainable, urban landscapes, and green solutions

Don has published six books, four of which are major treatments of trees in North America.  His 5th book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation was given the Garden Writers Assn. Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings. Don’s 7th book, Wildflowers of the Adirondacks, will be published later this year.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

Earlier Event: August 20
Week Nine: Bird Talk and Walk
Later Event: August 20
Week Nine: Garden Walk