Mayor Madden Announces Tree Planting Program to Replace 80 Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer

Mayor Madden Announces Tree Planting Program to Replace 80 Trees Infected by Emerald Ash Borer

Approximately 80 trees to be planted in downtown, Hillside, Beman Park neighborhoods

Tree planting program to offset Ash trees removed last year due to invasive Emerald Ash Borer insect

Removal of infected trees, replacement trees funded through NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Invasive Species Grant Program with match from Troy Redevelopment Foundation (TRF) and City of Troy


TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will be planting approximately 80 trees to offset Ash trees removed last year due to invasive species infection. Ash trees, which are prone to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer insect, were previously removed with funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and matched by the Troy Redevelopment Foundation and the City of Troy under the 2017 Invasive Species Grant Program.

Mayor Madden said, “Invasive species like the Emerald Ash Borer are devastating local Ash trees, leaving voids in the urban landscape and creating headaches for homeowners and City departments. With the assistance of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and our local partners, we are replacing those infected trees with others native to the area to build a more resilient urban forest for enjoyment of future generations while reducing maintenance costs for the City.”

In 2019 and 2020, the City used funding from the DEC grant and a financial match from TAP, Inc. to treat a number of ash trees with an insecticide to possibly eradicate infestation. The treatment is generally effective on trees where infestation is identified early. 80 severely compromised Ash trees were removed in 2020 predominantly in the Hillside neighborhoods, the Federal Street Corridor, along 15th Street and downtown. The new trees are funded through this same program, and will be planted near areas where last year’s removals occurred.

The tree planting program will begin later this month. Areas of planting include the triangle along the Federal Street Corridor, land adjacent to the Green Island Bridge Gateway, City owned land south of Kennedy Towers, and along 8th Street between Middleburg and Rensselaer Street. Trees will be planted on the east side of 15th Street between Sage and Peoples Avenues as well as downtown at select locations on River Street, State Street and 3rd Street. The Troy Redevelopment Foundation provided $20,000 toward this project.

In 2017, the City was awarded two grants totaling $100,000 from DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program to complete a two-phase citywide urban forestry inventory & management plan. Grant funds were used to inventory City-owned trees in order to develop a management plan to assist with decision-making around tree maintenance, including invasive species infestations. It also assisted with planning and placement of site-appropriate tree species.

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