From Scottsville to Long Beach: Urban Forest Master Plans, Management Plans, and Reports

The Council is creating a compendium of urban forest master plans, management plans, and reports. Look to these when crafting your community’s first or updated Plan … and when you do have yours in place, kindly send it our way! We’ll add it to this growing collection of fine templates from around our state. Note: … Read more…

Rochester’s Urban Forest Master Plan

Calling all Master Plans! Rochester City Forester and NYSUFC Executive Committee Member Brian Liberti shares the following intro from the most recent Rochester Urban Forest Master Plan. You can also see Ithaca’s Urban Forest Master Plan here. We’d like to collect as many UF Master Plans from around the State as possible, so that communities … Read more…

Ithaca’s Urban Forest Master Plan: A Template for Other Munis

Looking for a template as you craft or revise your community’s urban forest master plan (UFMP)? Ithaca once again leads the way. The newly revised document includes a master plan, tree inventory data, and arboricultural guidelines. To borrow from the Pittsburgh UFMP, “An Urban Forest Master Plan is a road map, providing detailed information, recommendations, … Read more…

Prospect Park’s EPF Grant Yields Superb Tree Management Plan

Round 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund grants for urban forestry related activities will open later in 2019. Here on the blog, we continue to showcase work that emerged from successful grants and give advice to future applicants from the folks behind those successful grants. Prospect Park contains Brooklyn’s largest indigenous forest and sustains more … Read more…

Thirty-Three Urban Forest Inventories/Mgmt Plans to Inform Your UFMP

The Council now has 33 professional Urban Forest Inventories/Mgmt Plans from around New York State collected for your perusal. Most of the inventories/plans were funded by grants from the Environmental Protection Fund (aka cost-share grants), with applications evaluated by NYSDEC staff. This compendium of Plans could be a very helpful resource under any circumstances but … Read more…

UHI Produces Plan for a Sustainable National Mall Treescape

In hot and steamy June of 2017, a team of researchers and arborists from Cornell University’s Urban Horticulture Institute (UHI), headed up by UHI Director Nina Bassuk, worked dawn to dusk evaluating the condition of the American elms and soils on the National Mall in Washington DC. This iconic landscape is often referred to as … Read more…

The Red Hook Way: Town & Village Urban Forest Management Plans

Village Green and the Red Hook Town Tree Commission are pleased to share these urban forest management plans. Longtime Red Hook environmental advocate Brenda Cagle shares some background with us.  The Town of Red Hook Forestry Management Plan is an example of a volunteer-created plan for a small community (pop. 8240). The Red Hook Town Tree … Read more…

Arbor Day Planting in Perry with Funding from Council

The Village of Perry is another community that received Arbor Day 2016 funding through our Council in partnership with the DEC. Perry Tree Advisory Board Chair and Village Trustee Eleanor Jacobs sent in this report.  Securing the NYSUFC Arbor Day Community Grant was the first major accomplishment of the recently formed Village of Perry Tree … Read more…

Tree Inventories & Urban Forest Management Plans from Communities around NYS

Akwesasne Community Forest Batavia Binghamton Canandaigua  DeWitt Fulton Ithaca Kingston Long Beach Mamaroneck Massena Middletown Friends of Mt Hope Cemetery Mount Kisco NYC by Neighborhood Newburgh Nyack Ogdensburg, Part I Ogdensburg, Part II Ossining Prospect Park, Brooklyn Red Hook, Town Red Hook, Village Rochester Rye’s Crawford Park Saratoga Springs Schenectady Scottsville Syracuse Warwick Watertown Watervliet

Nyack’s Tree Inventory Propels Nursery and Planting Program

Here, Nyack Tree Committee Chair Marcy Denker discusses the tree inventory recently completed in her Village. You can see the full tree inventory report here, and the key findings from the inventory can be seen after Marcy’s narrative.    New York State Urban Forestry Program Coordinator Mary Kramarchyk says, “Nyack uses the principles of good … Read more…