Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Chris Donnelly

Chris Donnelly

Chris Donnelly

Urban Forester (Retired)
CT DEEP Forestry

Chris Donnelly, is an urban forester living in Northford, CT. He retired from CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, where he worked as the state’s Urban Forestry Coordinator from 1998 until 2020. In this position, he worked with partners in the cities and towns throughout the state, seeking to promote the urban forest through urban forestry efforts at the local level. The most rewarding aspect of this job, Chris reports, was in seeing people and trees come together, as people came more and more to appreciate trees, especially trees near to home, for the essential role they play in modern life.

Chris is a graduate of Yale College, BS biology 1975 and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Masters of Forest Science, 1985.