Elise is our Program Manager and has been with VT UCF since 2012. Raised in Ohio, after college she joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps for a pivotal year of introduction to the country's varying natural landscapes as well as social, economic, and environmental issues. Next, she directed a tree planting program in Camden, NJ before venturing north to pursue her graduate degree from the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. She is an ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute, and a Burlington Master Naturalist. When not working Elise can be found in her garden, in the lake (all year round), or with her husband, two children, or the many other good people that fill her life.
Technical Assistance Coordinator
VT Forests, Parks & Recreation 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier, VT05620 United States
Ash tree inventories and community preparedness for emerald ash borer
Tree warden support
Shade tree preservation plans and municipal tree policy
Tree care, selection, planting, and protection
Joanne joined the UCF team in the spring of 2017 as the project coordinator for the rural roads portion of the burgeoning Resilient Right-of-Ways project, a state-led initiative focused on assisting municipalities with smart and forward-thinking vegetation management along their roads. Now serving all of the technical needs of communities working with trees in public ways and places, Joanne continues the robust data collection, writing, outreach, and information sharing that the UCF program delivers. Joanne holds a B.Scs. in geology and architecture from McGill University and is a 2015 graduate of the Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning M.Sc. program at the University of Vermont. She is an active fiddler, performing and teaching at dances and festivals throughout New England. And when home, she enjoys the quaint life of downtown Montpelier.
Outreach & Education Coordinator
UVM Extension 140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 201 South Burlington, VT05403 United States
Teens Reaching Youth (TRY)- Forest and Trees Program
Tree Stewards Volunteer Program
Website issues (VtCommunityForestry.org and VTinvasives.org)
Gwen returned to Vermont to join the VT UCF team as the Education and Outreach Coordinator in May 2015. She completed her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources at UVM. Since then, Gwen has worked throughout New England in the field as a researcher and in communities as an educator. She is passionate about helping connect people to the important natural resources all around us, whether it's an urban park or rural landscape. She was previously the Stewardship & Education Manager at the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust.
Forest Pest Education Coordinator
UVM Extension 327 US Route 302, Suite 1 Barre, VT05641 United States
Education & outreach events on invasive forest pests
Forest Pest First Detector Program
VTinvasives.org and our bi-monthly newsletter
Ginger joined the UCF team as the Forest Pest Education Coordinator in the fall of 2018. Many of Ginger’s fondest memories involve trees and forests – including “running away from home” to sit in the branches of a hemlock in her family’s backyard in Massachusetts. With an undergraduate degree in botany from the University of Wisconsin and a graduate degree in Natural Resource Management Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, Ginger has long been fascinated by people’s relationship with plants and the land, and in finding ways to maximize community input in natural resource management decisions. To that end, Ginger spent a number of years after graduate school working for community development and conservation organizations in New England, Appalachia, and Central America. Some of her favorite projects involved training teens in Maine and Nicaragua to interview elders in their communities about how fishing, farming, hunting, and logging had changed over time. Prior to joining the UCF team, Ginger worked for UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, helping fruit and vegetable farmers with food safety strategies.
Black ash inventory on state, municipal, and private lands
Community science projects
Black ash and the Abenaki culture
Charlotte is a graduate student in the University of Vermont Field Naturalist Program. She is currently working with VT UCF to build awareness and enthusiasm for black ash trees in Vermont. This effort includes an inventory on both private and public lands, and considers the implications of EAB and land access for Abenaki basketmakers. When she’s not peering through a hand lens or staring through binoculars, Charlotte embraces every opportunity to spend time outside.
I am a senior forestry major in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Originally from Westchester County, New York, I’ve lived in Burlington since August 2019 when I entered UVM as an environmental science major. Soon after beginning my coursework, I discovered just how broad environmental sciences are, so I decided to delve deeper into more hands-on learning experiences within the forestry program during my sophomore year. After almost four years in Vermont, I have come to love immersing myself in nature, whether hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing, or camping. My discovery of urban forestry and its applications came to me in the fall of 2021 while taking silviculture with Professor Anthony D’Amato. With the ever-growing urban sprawl, the practice of urban forestry is becoming more relevant than ever and with this, I knew that this is something I wanted to pursue. Outside of forestry and my love for the outdoors, I enjoy playing guitar with friends, performing in our band, cooking, and perpetuating my knowledge of obscure Lord of the Rings facts.