Mayor Madden: Citywide Street Tree Inventory Plan Underway
Program will identify trees in neighborhoods, parks, green spaces across Troy
Data collected will assist city in protection of existing trees against invasive species, plan for maintenance and plantings
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced that work on the City’s Tree Inventory and Management Plan has commenced. Funded entirely by an Urban Forestry grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the project will inventory city-owned street-trees and those in the landscaped areas of Troy’s Parks and green spaces. Based upon the inventory, a management plan will then be developed to maintain the urban forest and prepare for weather and pest-related incidents.
Mayor Madden said, “Street trees are critical parts of Troy’s natural environment, providing numerous benefits to the community and enhancing green spaces in neighborhoods across the city. Gathering important information on the existing tree network will help us protect against invasive species and severe weather conditions. We thank Governor Cuomo, our state representatives, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for their support for this valuable program.”
Over the next 10 weeks, crews will be working in neighborhoods across Troy to identify trees in the city-owned right of way, small parks, and in the landscaped portions of larger parks and green spaces. Trees will be identified by type, size and condition, impacts on sidewalks and curbs; potential tree planting areas will also be identified. The information will be stored in a user-friendly application that will allow the city to more easily respond to resident inquiries, and to better manage maintenance operations and to react quickly when new invasive species threaten the city’s tree canopy.
The second phase of the project will be the development of a management plan by which to prioritize the City’s planting, treatment and maintenance of the trees.
Teams have already begun work in Prospect Park and Old Mount Ida Cemetery before moving to the downtown and Hillside neighborhoods, North Central, Lansingburgh, followed by South Troy and conclude in the hill neighborhoods. There will be no activity the week of June 10-14. The inventory procedure is expected to continue through early August.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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