Schuyler Borden

Schuyler Borden's picture

URI Internship Year:

2019

F&ES Graduation Year:

2020

F&ES Degree:

MF

Schuyler studied biology and music at Skidmore College. Schuyler loves the outdoors and loves learning about plants, foraging, and gardening and believes engagement with nature can lead to better well-being, greater self-reliance and can have a big impact on solving larger environmental problems. Schuyler became interested in community forestry while working at the New York Botanical Garden. Through URI, he hopes to facilitate community engagement with the environment and to learn how communities can overcome historic and institutional barriers to accessing the environment. His favorite tree is black walnut.

Group

East Rock Park

Truman Street Clean/green Project

Quinnipiac River Park

Newhall And Division

Beaver Ponds Park

Annex Gardeners

Greenspace Log

Date Category Photos Group Summary

08/07/2019

Planting
Planting

Newhall And Division

Newhall and Division had another great work day to end the year. We planted three andromeda shrubs and two heucheras in the front yards on the bottom of Newhall Street and weeded and mulched.

08/03/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

We worked hard to finish up what we could at Oakley and Main, cutting the mulberry back from the sign and the crossing signal, pruning up the cornelian cherries, cutting down tree of heaven and Norway maple, pulling vines we could reach off of the evergreens and removing trash and brush from the ground.

08/03/2019

Social
Social

Truman Street Clean/green Project

Today was a big party to celebrate the end of a great season. We ate and played games and threw water balloons.

08/01/2019

Social
Social

Quinnipiac River Park

On the last day of greenspace, the group celebrated with food and reflected on the successes of the season. We also planted perennial flowers under the memorial tree planted earlier this Summer.

07/31/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

We made a big difference at Oakley and Main today. We cut down vines off the mulberry and spruces, pruned up the cornelian cherries, and pruned back the mulberry to make the crosswalk signal more visible.

07/30/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

We got started beautifying Oakley and Main Street by pulling vines off trees and pruning back trees from the street sign, crosswalk signals, and sidewalk.

07/27/2019

Planting
Planting

Truman Street Clean/green Project

The kids enjoyed planting two shrubs and spreading mulch and then played baseball. A volunteer brought her pet bearded dragon, Phoebe, who loved walking around in the raised beds and educating children.

07/27/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

We worked at Oakley and Main on the North side of the street. It will take a lot of work to make the trees there healthier and safer for the people using the area.

07/25/2019

Planting
Planting

East Rock Park

This week FERP volunteers worked alongside Youth At Work planting yucca beside the benches on Betty's Way and removing invasives to allow trees to grow up.

07/25/2019

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

Friends of Quinnipiac River Park, working towards the end of the season, planted their second tree in front of the bottle works parking lot, a black gum.

07/24/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Newhall And Division

The neighborhood showed up to clean group leader, Dan's, yard. We weeded and mulched and then looked around at other yards to see what work could be done to wrap up the season.

07/24/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

Jody and family members pruned the river birches to allow the fir tree to get enough light.

07/19/2019

Planting
Planting

East Rock Park

The Friends of East Rock Park worked alongside the Youth at Work high schoolers lead by Kenyanna Martin. We worked on restoring Betty's way by removing invasives from the trail and liberated young trees. We also started some plantings by the benches.

07/16/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Annex Gardeners

Jody and I passed out fliers to the neighborhood, then we spread mulch, pruned some trees, and removed brush and trash from the site.

07/13/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Truman Street Clean/green Project

This week we did some weeding to clear space for more plantings and spread mulch, then we expressed ourselves through painting stones and small drawings on the sandwich board.

07/11/2019

Planting
Planting

Quinnipiac River Park

Family and friends of Bernadette Montero gathered at Quinnipiac River Park to plant a tree in memory of her late husband by the river.

07/11/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

East Rock Park

Volunteers joined youth at work and restored the benches on Betty's Way by Rice Field as well as pruned the burning bush and privet to increase visibility.

07/10/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Newhall And Division

We pruned lots of trees along Newhall Street including some young trees and some old trees that were sprouting along the trunk.

06/29/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Truman Street Clean/green Project

Another work day. Kids and adults from the neighborhood weeded all over the garden including cutting back some invasive trees growing in the hedge, filling many weed bags. They helped unload mulch, then enjoyed some play time.

06/28/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

Another great day. The high school team got a chance to tour through the oasis and congratulate themselves for all the hard work they put in. We finished up a lot of invasive removal and spread mulch around the entrance to the oasis and the peabody sign. We got a new bench delivered and the kids figured out how to get it to the desired location on their own.

06/27/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Quinnipiac River Park

A large group showed up for the work day. First we stewarded a memorial tree and then pruned a lot of other trees in the park as well as removed invasives, generating a huge pile of biomass.

06/27/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

The volunteers and high school workers worked together to continue to remove invasives and clipped the willow stems blocking the view of the oasis. We focused on liberating many of the trees that were planted by the group in the past.

06/26/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

The high school employees and volunteer continued working on invasive removal in the urban oasis.

06/26/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Newhall And Division

We continued pruning trees on Thompson st. We also helped a homeowner shear a scraggly shrub.

06/25/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Beaver Ponds Park

Nan started off the week teaching the Common Ground High School students invasive identification and removal and giving a great introduction to the Urban Oasis.

06/22/2019

Planting
Planting

Truman Street Clean/green Project

All the neighborhood kids came out to the garden and after weeding a bed, we replanted a bunch of perennials which died from the previous year.

06/19/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Newhall And Division

We pruned about 10 trees in streets and yards on Division street and checked in with some neighbors who have had yard work in the past. We encountered a flowering cherry that has reverted into a feral form, it is very large and covered in fruit. We also found a plane tree that was inexplicably dead when the surrounding trees were healthy. We suspect staples from traffic notices were the culprit.

06/18/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

East Rock Park

Members of FERP picked up trash along the road and trails, enjoying the nice weather, the tall trees and each other's company.

06/13/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance

Quinnipiac River Park

Despite the oddly cold weather, the group came out to the park and stewarded the pollinator garden and entrance.

06/12/2019

Maintenance
Maintenance
Mulch and Tools in truck

Newhall And Division

The group stewarded trees at the Farmington Canal between Thomson and Division. We pruned for healthy structures and mulched to keep grass competition down and to keep mowers away from the trunks.

06/06/2019

Planning
Planning
Norway Maple

Quinnipiac River Park

Some old and some new members gathered at Quinnipiac River Park to plan activities for the upcoming season. We will be planting some new trees and maintaining old ones.

06/05/2019

Planning
Planning

Newhall And Division

Core group members Dan and Calvin walked the neighborhood reviewing past work and identifying areas for future activities.

06/01/2019

Planning
Planning

East Rock Park

Friends of East Rock Park met for CT Trails Day. First planning session turned into an excellent trash pickup, tours of the park and enjoying the view from the summit.

05/31/2019

Planning
Planning

Truman Street Clean/green Project