Nancy Sferra, Chair
When I moved to Bath, I was interested in getting involved in town activities. With almost 40 years of professional experience managing nature preserves, the Bath Community Forestry Committee is a perfect match for my expertise and my passion and an opportunity to give back to the community. Forests have always held a special interest for me as a place of exploration and meditation.
Julie Ambrosino, Co-Chair
Since being elected to the Bath city council in 2017, I've had the pleasure of joining the BCFC and working with this strong team of passionate environmentally minded individuals! The BCFC is a very active committee that is fiercely dedicated to sustaining and protecting Bath's diverse ecosystems and the trees that grow within those landscapes.
Bruce Brennan, Nursery & Tree Care
I choose to serve on the Community Forestry Committee because the urban forest is, for many reasons, a critical element of our environment. I have worked with trees and wood for most of my life and enjoy both immensely. I cannot imagine finding Bath as appealing as I do without our urban forest. I hope that we can preserve and create a forest for the future that we can be proud of.
When I got offered to sit in on a Forestry Committee meeting I thought it would be a great way to become involved in the community and help maintain Bath's protected forest. I enjoy the outdoors and am hoping to learn more about invasive species and how to maintain our current forest.
Jack Hernandez, City Arborist
I'm a professional arborist and forester. I was born and raised in Bath, and I'm honored to serve as the City Arborist. I have an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Technology and Bachelor of Science in Forestry, both from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Florida. I have a mix of professional experience including public service for two state forestry agencies, private forestry consulting, timber harvesting, and arboriculture. I also have professional experience in ornamental horticulture, landscaping, and site work. I live in Bath with my two children and partner Kelly.
Steve Balboni, Director of Parks & Recreation
I have been the Parks & Recreation Director in Bath since 2007 and have enjoyed every minute working with such a dedicated volunteer committee.
History of the Bath Community Forestry Committee
The Bath Community Forestry Committee has existed since 1992 when it was founded by a handful of Bath citizens who saw a need for the care of the urban forest and city trees around Bath. Over the past 25 years, the BCFC has evolved from a tree care and watering organization to a full-fledged organization not only interested in the care and watering of trees, but also the future of trees and forests in an unsettling time of climate change, numerous tree diseases, and invasive insect pests that are threatening the very livelihood of New England’s tree species.