Forester, photographer speaks Saturday

VALATIE–Tom Zetterstrom, founder of Elm Watch, will speak at The First Presbyterian Church, 2313 Church Street, at 3 p.m.Saturday, May 30. His subject is, “The Right Tree in the Right Place, Restoring and Sustaining the Community Forest” This event is free and the public is invited.

     In 1999, Mr. Zetterstrom founded Elm Watch, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the American elm to the community forest.  Elm Watch (http://www.elmwatch.org/) encourages stewardship of community forests and the proper siting and planting of disease-resistant elms and other appropriate species in public spaces, according to a release.
Mr. Zetterstrom is also a critically acclaimed photographer whose “Portraits of Trees” series has been widely exhibited.  He will apply his celebrated aesthetic to analyzing the local historic and existing treescape and will recommend appropriate species and best planting practices. 
     Mr. Zetterstrom has inspired numerous towns to re-invest in their green infrastructure and design sustainable community forests. He will discuss strategies to raise local awareness and to help restore the Kinderhook and Valatie treescapes, recently ravaged by storm damage, neglect and intensive pruning.
    KNGG and the Garden Club of Kinderhook are sponsoring Mr. Zetterstrom’s illustrated talk. The groups expressed thanks in the release fo k Maple Lane Nursery and Diwelski’s Tree Planting for donating gift certificates toward the purchase and planting of new, appropriate trees. Audience members will have raffled chances to win these certificates. 
    Kinderhook Neighbors for Good Growth (KNGG) is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to preserving the character, economy and quality of life of the Town of Kinderhook through responsible land use and development that results in benefits for all Town residents, supporting sound development planning that includes preservation of open spaces, protection of the natural environment and promotion of appropriate, sustainable economic growth.

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