This presentation is part of the International Cemetery Preservation Summit, October 8-10, 2014 Niagara Falls, NY.

Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes by Matthew Quirek

This oral presentation will use the framework outlined in the Forest Lawn Landscape Renewal Plan (completed in 2012 by Heritage Landscapes LLC and Forest Lawn) to discuss how renewal of a historic tree canopy can take place. With the direction of a comprehensive plan that is grounded in documentation and research, a systematic approach can be implemented to restore and maintain the important aesthetic beauty of the trees in your cemetery landscape. The following pages break down the presentation into the following areas: Discussion of the Forest Lawn Landscape Renewal Plan (FL‐LRP), Introduction to Tree Renewal, Tree Replacement Methodology, and Phases of Tree Renewal.

The FL‐LRP describes clear targets and priorities for the 3,500+ tree collection and the development of the collection over the next twelve years to reach 6,200 trees and thereby over time return the forest to Forest Lawn.

The particular focus of this project is restoration of the historic tree canopy in response to devastation from the “October Surprise” snowstorm of 2006 and successive losses over the years from  weather events and disease. Extensive damage throughout the cemetery in 2006 was caused by heavy  snow accumulating on the leaves of grand old trees, bringing them down. With the storm as a
catalyst, Forest Lawn and Heritage Landscapes LLC developed, in 2011, a collaborative approach to  this detailed research and planning project, supported by a generous grant from The John R. Oishei  Foundation. Heritage Landscapes has 25 years of experience in preparing comprehensive, achievable  plans for significant historic landscapes throughout the United States, and is an able partner in  this undertaking.

Speaker Bio

Matthew Quirey is currently the Horticultural Manger at Forest Lawn, a 269‐acre historic cemetery in Buffalo, NY. His focus includes management of the plant collections that feature over 3,500 trees, the mapping and records program, and oversight of the landscape renewal volunteer program. A native of Blackwell, Oklahoma, he received his B.S. in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2007 and then attended the University of Delaware as a Longwood Fellow where he focused his studies on historic preservation and collections management and is currently finishing his master’s thesis. Previously he has worked  at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in Boston, MA as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Dallas, TX.

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