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Urban and Community Forestry Grants

General Overview

DEC is committed to providing support and assistance to communities in comprehensive planning, management, and education to create healthy urban and community forests, and enhance the quality of life for urban residents through its Cost Share Grant program.

Eligible project categories included tree inventories and management plans; tree planting and maintenance. Funds are made available from the Environmental Protection Fund and will be managed and allocated by DEC.

2017 Grant Recipients

Albany County

  • City of Watervliet - $38,268: Watervliet Tree Inventory Program
  • Village of Menands - $25,000: Village of Menands Street Tree Inventory

Bronx County

  • Wave Hill, Inc. - $35,500: Wave Hill Tree Maintenance
  • Friends of Van Cortlandt Park - $17,550: Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Volunteer Restoration Planting Project
  • The New York Botanical Garden - $71,951: The New York Botanical Garden Inventory and Assessment

Broome County

  • City of Binghamton - $50,000: City of Binghamton Comprehensive Tree Inventory - Phase II

Cortland County

  • City of Cortland - $23,490: Cortland Tree Planting

Erie County

  • Town of Tonawanda - $74,933: Town of Tonawanda 2017-2019 Tree Planting Project
  • Town of Tonawanda - $75,000: Town of Tonawanda 2017-2019 Tree Maintenance Project

Jefferson County

  • City of Watertown - $18,000: City of Watertown Phase II Tree Inventory and Citywide Community Forest Management Plan

Kings County

  • The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation - $75,000: The Evergreens Cemetery Urban Forest Tree Maintenance
  • The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation - $75,000: The Evergreens Cemetery Urban Forest Tree Planting
  • The Green-Wood Cemetery - $75,000: The Green-Wood Cemetery Community Forest Management Plan
  • The Green-Wood Cemetery - $75,000: The Green-Wood Cemetery Inventory and Assessment
  • Prospect Park Alliance - $75,000: Prospect Park Tree Inventory

Monroe County

  • Friends of the Garden Aerial Inc. - $75,000: 1,000 Trees Planting Project

New York County

  • Friends of Hudson River Park - $75,000: Hudson River Park Route 9A Median and Buffer Tree Planting Project
  • New York City Department of Parks & Recreation - $75,000: Greenbelt Natural Area Assessment, Inventory and mapping (Phase 3)
  • New York Restoration Project - $75,000: High Bridge Park Restoration

Oneida County

  • Town of Floyd - $29,470: Floyd Town Park Tree Planting
  • Mohawk Valley Community College - $49,000, City of Utica Tree Inventory Project

Onondaga County

  • City of Syracuse - $25,065: City of Syracuse Inventory and Cyclical Management of the Urban Forest Project
  • Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection - $75,000: Maintaining Our Green Infrastructure for Storm Water Management
  • Town of Dewitt - $24,350 Keeping Dewitt Green

Orange County

  • City of Newburgh - $50,000: Greening S. William Street Tree Planting
  • City of Port Jervis - $50,000: City of Port Jervis - Tree Inventory and Forest Management Plan
  • Town of Warwick - $21,000: Tree Inventory and Management Plan of 6 Town Parks and 12 Public cul-de-sacs

Otsego County

  • City of Oneonta - $50,000: City of Oneonta Emerald Ash Borer Preventive Maintenance Program
  • City of Oneonta - $42,240: City of Oneonta Planting of Street Trees on Market Street Project
  • City of Oneonta - $50,000: City of Oneonta General Tree Maintenance Program
  • Village of Cooperstown - $13,830: Cooperstown Tree Inventory and Urban Forest Management Plan

Rensselear County

  • City of Troy - $50,000: City of Troy Phase I Inventory and Management Plan Project
  • City of Troy - $50,000: City of Troy Phase II Inventory and Management Plan Project

Schenectady County

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County - $33,000: City of Schenectady Tree Inventory 2017
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County - $33,000: Town of Glenville Tree Inventory
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County - $34,000: Town of Rotterdam Tree Inventory 2017

Schoharie County

  • Village of Cobleskill - $13,000: Village of Cobleskill Urban Forestry Management Plan

Steuben County

  • Village of Bath - $19,800: Village of Bath Tree Maintenance

St. Lawrence County

  • Village of Massena - $50,000: Village of Massena Tree Inventory and Forest Management Plan

Tompkins County

  • Village of Dryden - $11,209: Tree Planting on Main Street and Elementary School Neighborhood

Ulster County

  • City of Kingston - $50,000: Kingston Tree Inventory
  • Village of New Paltz - $41,364: Tree Inventory and Management Plan - Village and Town of New Paltz (Core Urbanized Area)
  • Village of New Paltz - $38,875: Village and Town of New Paltz Forestry Management Plan
  • Village of Saugerties - $48,241: Village of Saugerties Street Tree Maintenance

Westchester County

  • Town of Bedford - $43,305: Bedford UCF Tree Inventory
  • Town of Ossining - $14,000: Tree Inventory in Town of Ossining Commercial Zone
  • Town of Rye - $12,906: Crawford Tree Inventory and Community Forest Maintenance Plan
  • Village of Port Chester - $50,000: Village of Port Chester - Tree Inventory Initiative
  • Village of Port Chester - $42,250: Village of Port Chester - Tree Management Initiative
  • Village of Mount Kisco - $50,000: Village/Town of Mt. Kisco - Tree Inventory and Management Plan
  • Village of Hastings-on-Hudson - $29,500: Hillside Woods and Park Forest Management Plan
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How to Apply

For more information on how to apply visit the Grants Gateway website (leaves DEC's website).

Contact for previously Awarded Grants

Debra Gorka, Forester
NYS DEC
Lands and Forests
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
716/851-7010
FAX 716/851-7005