The NYSDEC’s Urban Forestry Grant, Funded Tree Inventory Projects for the
City of Schenectady, Town of Glenville and Town of Rotterdam
The City of Schenectady and Towns of Glenville and Rotterdam have just kicked off tree inventory projects that will take place over the next few months. Teams of 2-4 certified arborists from Davey Resource Group will be mapping trees in selected neighborhoods and parks.
Funding for these grants was awarded through the NYSDEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program, in response to applications submitted by the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council’s (SCEAC’s) Invasive Species Committee and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County (CCESC).
Davey arborists will assess each tree’s condition and stability, identify damaged or dead materials, and evaluate any signs of decay, disease or insects. Tree inventories provide information about the tree population such as its distribution, diversity, and stocking level. These qualities are central to maximizing the community benefits that trees provide.Properly placed and managed trees cleanse the air we breathe, intercept rainfall, reduce the amount of runoff that reaches storm sewers, provide shade that helps conserve energy by cool buildings and surfaces such as concrete, and help to absorb carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change, and improve property values.The results of the inventories will help the City and Towns strategically plan, prioritize, and budget tree removals, plantings, and maintenance, so that the benefits public trees provide continue to enhance the quality of life in Schenectady County. Additionally, the inventory process will allow for additional funding during future grant cycles.
For more information about this project, please visit www.cceschenectady.org or call 518-372-1622 ext. 255.
Master Gardener Coordinator
(518) 372-1622 ext. 259
Last updated May 17, 2018