DEC Round 15 Urban & Community Forestry Grant Recipients

Snowy egret fishing on a section of the Bronx River. The Bronx River Alliance ( was one of the recipients of a 2020 DEC-mediated grant, which will be used for tree planting in the Bronx River floodplain. The funds come from the NY Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

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.


Albany County

  • City of Albany – $75,000; Tree Inventory
  • City of Watervliet – $29,000; Tree Maintenance

Columbia County

  • City of Hudson – $20,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

Schenectady County

  • Town of Glenville – $20,000; Tree Inventory and Management Plan
  • City of Schenectady – $61,200; Tree Inventory and Management Plan

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