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For Release: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DEC Announces Nearly $930,000 In Urban Forestry Grants To New York Communities

Over $2 Million in Environmental Protection Fund Grants Awarded in 2014 for Urban Forestry Projects that Support Tree Plantings and Improve Quality of Life

Nearly $930,000 in state grants have been awarded for 40 urban forestry projects in communities across New York to help protect air, water and natural resources, and enhance urban communities, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Combined with the urban forest grants announced on Earth Day in April ($797,437) and October ($280,391), New York State awarded more than $2 million in urban forest grants in 2014.

"Urban forestry programs are vital to creating a vibrant environment that provides clean air, clean water, energy savings, robust habitats and a high quality of life for New Yorkers," Commissioner Martens said. "Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature providing Environmental Protection Funds (EPF), New York is able to offer this critical assistance to help improve the environment, support outdoor recreation and enhance economic conditions across the state."

The Urban Forestry grants are part of New York's ongoing initiatives to address climate change and environmental justice, providing funding to expand the number of trees in areas that often have limited space. The grants are provided to communities through the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Projects target local environmental needs and will benefit the community and the environment.

In addition to overseeing the grants, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance to communities through local DEC urban foresters and ReLeaf volunteers.

DEC selected award recipients from 145 applications, which were scored competitively. Recipients include several projects on Long Island for reforestation in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy, as well as efforts to restore forest canopy lost because of invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer or the Asian Long Horned Beetle.

A full list of Urban Forestry Projects is below:

Recipient County Project Award
City of Albany, NY Albany Albany Ash Tree Safety and Protection Program - Maintenance $50,000
Sustainable South Bronx Bronx Hunts Point Tree Inventory $29,893
Bronx River Alliance Bronx Bronx River Forest Tree-Planting Project $50,000
Wave Hill Incorporated Bronx Tree Maintenance Grant Phase II - Wave Hill $40,000
Woodlawn Conservancy Bronx The Woodlawn Cemetery Tree Inventory $42,000
Village of Moravia Cayuga Village of Moravia Tree Inventory $4,260
Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Erie Erie County Tree Inventory Project for Ellicott Creek and Elma Meadows Parks $24,000
Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Erie Erie County Parks Tree Management Plan $18,240
Town of Lancaster Erie Town of Lancaster 2014-2015 Tree Planting Project $25,000
Town of Newstead Erie Town of Newstead/Village of Akron Tree Inventory $5,033
Town of Elma Erie Town of Elma Ash Tree Inventory $12,000
Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Erie Erie County Tree Inventory Project for Ellicott Creek and Elma Meadows Parks $24,000
City of Tonawanda Erie City of Tonawanda Citywide Tree Planting Project $17,525
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Franklin Saint Regis Mohawk Urban and Community Forest Management Plan $22,275
Town of Greece Monroe Town of Greece Tree Planting Project $50,000
Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery Monroe Tree Management Plan, Mount Hope Cemetery $17,500
Town of Greece Monroe Town of Greece Tree Maintenance Project $50,000
Village of Honeoye Falls Monroe Honeoye Falls Village Tree Inventory $17,500
Incorporated Village of Garden City Nassau Arbor Restoration - Tree Planting $24,000
City of North Tonawanda Niagara North Tonawanda Tree Inventory $25,000
The Downtown Committee of Syracuse Onondaga 2014 Tree Plantings in Downtown Syracuse $7,500
County of Onondaga Onondaga Onondaga Lake Park Ash Tree Replacement Program $25,000
Town of Cicero Onondaga 2014 Town Cicero Tree Inventory $6,000
Village of Solvay Onondaga Village of Solvay Tree Inventory $12,000
City of Geneva Ontario Geneva Urban Forestry Tree Inventory Project $25,000
Village of Warwick Orange Village of Warwick Tree Inventory $18,000
Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District Oswego Street Tree Inventories for Villages in Oswego County $11,114
City of Fulton Oswego Fulton Tree Inventory $20,000
City of Fulton Oswego Fulton Tree Maintenance $20,000
NYC Parks, Greenbelt Administration Richmond Greenbelt Natural Area Assessment, Inventory and Mapping (Phase 2) $50,000
City of Schenectady Schenectady Schenectady Tree Maintenance Project $40,000
Village of Canton St. Lawrence Canton Village Tree Inventory Project $17,000
City of Ogdensburg St. Lawrence Downtown Gateway Tree Planting $12,000
Town of Islip Suffolk Pentaquit Creek Neighborhoods $13,000
Town of Islip Suffolk Historic District of Downtown Central Islip $10,925
Village of Brightwaters Suffolk Brightwaters South and Lake Tree Revitalization - Tree Planting $8,693
Town of Ithaca Tompkins Town of Ithaca Tree Inventory and Forest Assessment $23,000
Village of Mamaroneck Westchester Preparation of Tree Management Program for the Village of Mamaroneck $25,000
Village of Mamaroneck Westchester High Priority Tree Maintenance and Sidewalk Repair Initiative $25,000
Village of Penn Yan Yates Village of Penn Yann Tree Planting Project 2013/2014 $12,419

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