New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced grant awards totaling $1.4 million for urban forestry projects across the state to help communities inventory, plant, and maintain public trees.
The 38 projects to receive funding were selected from a total of 154 applications, ranked by cost effectiveness, lasting benefits, use of partnerships, inclusion of outreach and education, and support from local stakeholders. The urban forestry grants complement DEC’s ongoing initiatives to address invasive species, climate change, environmental degradation, environmental justice, and urban sprawl. Over the last nine years, New York State has funded more than $11.4 million in grants to support projects with a total value of more than $18.3 million.
Grant recipients are listed by region.
- City of Albany – $75,000; Tree Inventory
- City of Watervliet – $29,000; Tree Maintenance
- City of Hudson – $20,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan
- Town of Glenville – $20,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan
- City of Schenectady – $61,200; Tree Inventory and Management Plan