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DEC Announces $2.24 Million in Urban Forestry Grants Awarded to Projects Statewide
Funding Supports Tree Plantings and Projects to Protect Air Quality, Water Quality and Natural Resources
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced $2.24 million in grants for urban forestry projects to protect air quality, water quality and natural resources across the state. The grants are part of DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree planting, management, maintenance, and education to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents.
“Continued investments in New York’s urban forestry programs promote clean air, clean water, energy savings, and habitat creation,” said*Commissioner Seggos.*”Thanks to Governor Cuomo, funding for these grants was made available through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund, providing crucial assistance for communities to manage their forests, particularly trees lost to the invasive emerald ash borer.”
The 54 projects to receive funding were selected from a total of 115 applications, ranked by cost effectiveness, lasting benefits, use of partnerships, 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 seven years, New York State has funded more than $9.2 million in grants to support projects with a total value of more than $16 million.
*Senator Tom O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee,**said,*”Communities throughout New York State benefit from this program and utilize these resources to strengthen the quality of their neighborhoods through tree planting, management, maintenance and other vital projects. These projects greatly enhance life for area residents and families.”
*Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation,**said,*”Urban forests are essential to communities all across New York State. They evoke a sense of pride and provide natural beauty in otherwise gray areas. Trees have quantifiable environmental and economic benefits: they purify our air, act as sound barriers, conserve energy by mitigating the urban heat island effect, improve stormwater management, provide erosion control, and increase property values. These urban forestry grants emphasize the importance of investing in the projects that deliver on those benefits. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to this important initiative.”
*Grant Recipients listed Alphabetically by County* Recipient County Project Type Amount Awarded Bethlehem, Town of Albany Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$35,000.00* Wave Hill INC Bronx Tree Inventory *$37,500.00* Dunkirk, City of Chautauqua Tree Inventory *$49,500.00* Westfield, Village of Chautauqua Tree Planting *$46,660.00* Norwich, City of Chenango Tree Planting *$13,015.25* Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Dutchess Education *$49,806.00* Poughkeepsie, City of Dutchess Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$50,000.00* Amherst, Town of Erie Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$61,020.00* Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc. Erie Tree Maintenance *$75,000.00* Cheektowaga, Town of Erie Tree Planting *$75,000.00* Clarence, Town of Erie Tree Inventory *$22,945.00* Lancaster, Village of Erie Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$30,865.00* Williamsville, Village of Erie Tree Planting *$17,192.65* Jefferson Community College Jefferson Tree Inventory *$18,350.00* Watertown, City of Jefferson Tree Planting *$20,250.00* Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation Kings Maintenance *$75,000.00* Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation Kings Maintenance and Planting *$75,000.00* Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc. Kings Tree Maintenance *$74,460.00* Green-Wood Cemetery Kings Tree Maintenance *$75,000.00* Prospect Park Alliance Kings Tree Inventory *$38,100.00* Avon, Village of Livingston Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$18,500.00* Avon, Village of Livingston Tree Planting (EAB Remediation) *$50,000.00* Geneseo, Town of Livingston Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$21,124.27* Brockport, Village of Monroe Tree Planting *$13,630.00* East Rochester, Town/Village of Monroe Tree Maintenance *$13,270.49* Greece, Town of Monroe Tree Inventory *$15,000.00* Scottsville, Village of Monroe Tree Inventory *$22,500.00* Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County Nassau Education *$40,776.00* Rockville Center, Village of Nassau Tree Inventory *$47,295.00* Lockport, City of Niagara Inventory and Management Plan *$45,280.00* Mohawk Valley Community College Oneida Rome Tree Inventory *$49,056.00* Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation District Oneida Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$48,450.00* Utica, City of Oneida Tree Inventory *$50,000.00* Dewitt, Town of Onondaga Community Forest Management Plan *$11,000.00* Syracuse, City of Onondaga Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$25,000.00* Syracuse, City of Onondaga Maintenance *$66,000.00* Victor, Village of Ontario Tree Management Plan *$13,225.00* Albion, Village of Orleans Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$38,260.00* Cold Spring, Village of Putnam Tree Maintenance *$49,162.10* City Parks Foundation Queens Tree Maintenance *$75,000.00* Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc. Queens Tree Maintenance *$57,048.94* New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Richmond Tree Inventory *$75,000.00* New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Richmond Tree Inventory *$75,000.00* Nyack, Village of Rockland Tree Maintenance *$50,000.00* Bath, Village of Steuben Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$18,800.00* Huntington, Town of Suffolk Tree Planting *$11,000.00* Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood NY (D/B/A Sisters of St. Joseph) Suffolk Inventory and Management Plan *$40,338.30* Cayuga Heights, Village of Tompkins Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$18,100.00* Ithaca, Town of Tompkins Community Forest Management Plan *$38,250.00* Kingston, City of Ulster Tree Maintenance *$50,000.00* Greenburgh, Town of Westchester Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$59,280.00* Ossining, Town of Westchester Tree Inventory *$50,000.00* Attica, Village of Wyoming Tree Inventory *$22,300.00* Perry, Village of Wyoming Tree Inventory and Management Plan *$22,690.00*
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