Sisters of St. Joseph Awarded Urban Forestry Grant

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced $2.24 million in grants for urban forestry projects to protect air quality, water quality and natural resources across the state. The grants are part of DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree planting, management, maintenance, and education to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents.

“Continued investments in New York’s urban forestry programs promote clean air, clean water, energy savings, and habitat creation,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo, funding for these grants was made available through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund, providing crucial assistance for communities to manage their forests, particularly trees lost to the invasive emerald ash borer.”

The 54 projects to receive funding were selected from a total of 115 applications, ranked by cost effectiveness, lasting benefits, use of partnerships, and support from local stakeholders. The urban forestry grants complement DEC’s ongoing initiatives to address invasive species, climate change, environmental degradation, environmental justice, and urban sprawl. Over the last seven years, New York State has funded more than $9.2 million in grants to support projects with a total value of more than $16 million.

Senator Tom O’Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “Communities throughout New York State benefit from this program and utilize these resources to strengthen the quality of their neighborhoods through tree planting, management, maintenance and other vital projects. These projects greatly enhance life for area residents and families.”

Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation, said, “Urban forests are essential to communities all across New York State. They evoke a sense of pride and provide natural beauty in otherwise gray areas. Trees have quantifiable environmental and economic benefits: they purify our air, act as sound barriers, conserve energy by mitigating the urban heat island effect, improve stormwater management, provide erosion control, and increase property values. These urban forestry grants emphasize the importance of investing in the projects that deliver on those benefits. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to this important initiative.”
Grant recipients listed alphabetically by county:


RecipientCountyProject TypeAmount Awarded
Bethlehem, Town ofAlbanyTree Inventory and Management Plan$35,000.00
Wave Hill INCBronxTree Inventory$37,500.00
Dunkirk, City ofChautauquaTree Inventory$49,500.00
Westfield, Village ofChautauquaTree Planting$46,660.00
Norwich, City ofChenangoTree Planting$13,015.25
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess CountyDutchessEducation$49,806.00
Poughkeepsie, City ofDutchessTree Inventory and Management Plan$50,000.00
Amherst, Town ofErieTree Inventory and Management Plan$61,020.00
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Inc.ErieTree Maintenance$75,000.00
Cheektowaga, Town ofErieTree Planting$75,000.00
Clarence, Town ofErieTree Inventory$22,945.00
Lancaster, Village ofErieTree Inventory and Management Plan$30,865.00
Williamsville, Village ofErieTree Planting$17,192.65
Jefferson Community CollegeJeffersonTree Inventory$18,350.00
Watertown, City ofJeffersonTree Planting$20,250.00
Evergreens Cemetery Preservation FoundationKingsMaintenance$75,000.00
Evergreens Cemetery Preservation FoundationKingsMaintenance and Planting$75,000.00
Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc.KingsTree Maintenance$74,460.00
Green-Wood CemeteryKingsTree Maintenance$75,000.00
Prospect Park AllianceKingsTree Inventory$38,100.00
Avon, Village ofLivingstonTree Inventory and Management Plan$18,500.00
Avon, Village ofLivingstonTree Planting (EAB Remediation)$50,000.00
Geneseo, Town ofLivingstonTree Inventory and Management Plan$21,124.27
Brockport, Village ofMonroeTree Planting$13,630.00
East Rochester, Town/Village ofMonroeTree Maintenance$13,270.49
Greece, Town ofMonroeTree Inventory$15,000.00
Scottsville, Village ofMonroeTree Inventory$22,500.00
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau CountyNassauEducation$40,776.00
Rockville Center, Village ofNassauTree Inventory$47,295.00
Lockport, City ofNiagaraInventory and Management Plan$45,280.00
Mohawk Valley Community CollegeOneidaRome Tree Inventory$49,056.00
Oneida County Soil & Water Conservation DistrictOneidaTree Inventory and Management Plan$48,450.00
Utica, City ofOneidaTree Inventory$50,000.00
Dewitt, Town ofOnondagaCommunity Forest Management Plan$11,000.00
Syracuse, City ofOnondagaTree Inventory and Management Plan$25,000.00
Syracuse, City ofOnondagaMaintenance$66,000.00
Victor, Village ofOntarioTree Management Plan$13,225.00
Albion, Village ofOrleansTree Inventory and Management Plan$38,260.00
Cold Spring, Village ofPutnamTree Maintenance$49,162.10
City Parks FoundationQueensTree Maintenance$75,000.00
Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc.QueensTree Maintenance$57,048.94
New York City Department of Parks & RecreationRichmondTree Inventory$75,000.00
New York City Department of Parks & RecreationRichmondTree Inventory$75,000.00
Nyack, Village ofRocklandTree Maintenance$50,000.00
Bath, Village ofSteubenTree Inventory and Management Plan$18,800.00
Huntington, Town ofSuffolkTree Planting$11,000.00
Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood NY (D/B/A Sisters of St. Joseph)SuffolkInventory and Management Plan$40,338.30
Cayuga Heights, Village ofTompkinsTree Inventory and Management Plan$18,100.00
Ithaca, Town ofTompkinsCommunity Forest Management Plan$38,250.00
Kingston, City ofUlsterTree Maintenance$50,000.00
Greenburgh, Town ofWestchesterTree Inventory and Management Plan$59,280.00
Ossining, Town ofWestchesterTree Inventory$50,000.00
Attica, Village ofWyomingTree Inventory$22,300.00
Perry, Village ofWyomingTree Inventory and Management Plan$22,690.00

For more information about DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and other resources for managing community trees, visit DEC’s website.