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Olmsted-ucational Lecture: Why City Trees Are Essential

By June 2, 2017No Comments


Featuring David Nowak, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Team Leader, USDA Forest Service

(Buffalo, N.Y.) – – The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is proud to host the 2017 Olmsted-ucational Lecture on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, starting at 5:45 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science.  The lecture, “Why City Trees Are Essential to the Well-Being of New York Residents,” will be presented by David J. Nowak, Ph.D., and is sponsored by Delaware North. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Trees provide numerous benefits that are essential to the health and well-being of our city communities and families. Due to various changes in the landscape and environment, our city’s forests and their human benefits for quality of life are increasingly at risk. This presentation will illustrate how urban forests in NY and across the nation are changing, the growing need for tree care and replenishment, and how together we can establish more sustainable and healthy urban forests for future generations.

The lecture will feature speaker David J. Nowak, Ph.D., senior scientist and team leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, tree health and changes in environmental quality and its overall effect on human health.  Nowak’s full biography can be found at

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About the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the first nonprofit organization in the nation to manage and operate an entire urban park system that consists of 850 acres of beautifully designed historic parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is a not-for-profit, membership-based, community organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, restore, enhance, and maintain the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks and parkways in the Greater Buffalo area for current and future generations. More than 2.5 million people use Buffalo’s historic, award-winning Olmsted Park system annually for recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation. The parks were designed by America’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted more than 148 years ago. Basic maintenance of the parks has been greatly improved since the 2004 groundbreaking public-private agreement with the City of Buffalo and Erie County. Since that time, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, now partnering with the City of Buffalo, has retained full responsibility for the management and care of these green spaces which are listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Most recently, the American Planning Association recognized Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America and The Guardian named the Olmsted park system as one of the best park systems in the world.

The Buffalo Olmsted Park System includes:
Six parks: Cazenovia Park in South Buffalo, Delaware Park in Delaware/Parkside District, Front Park at the Peace Bridge, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Fillmore Avenue, Riverside Park at Niagara and Tonawanda Street, and South Park at McKinley Parkway
Seven parkways: Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln, McKinley, Porter, Red Jacket, and Richmond
Eight landscaped traffic circles: Agassiz, Colonial, Ferry, Gates, McClellan, McKinley, Soldiers, and Symphony