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Governor Cuomo Celebrates Arbor Day in New York State by Awarding Nearly $800,000 in Urban Forestry Grants

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Environmental Protection Fund Grants Will Add and Enhance Green Spaces in Cities throughout the State


Albany, NY (April 25, 2014)

In honor of National Arbor Day, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Urban Forestry grants totaling $797,437 to communities and organizations across the state.  During a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the State Arbor Day Committee, which consists of several state agencies and industry associations, joined other state and local officials for an annual tree planting event in conjunction with the grants announcement.

 

“Arbor Day and Earth Week give all New Yorkers an opportunity to reflect on the old saying: we have not inherited the earth from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants which will help us protect trees in communities around New York are part of our State’s commitment to that ideal. I congratulate the grant recipients on their efforts, and look forward to seeing their work build a greener New York State.”

  

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that promotes tree planting and tree care, and also highlights the importance of trees to our environment, our economy and our quality of life.  Founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April.  It was established to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas.

 

This year, $797,437 in Urban and Community Forestry grants were awarded to 34 cities, towns, villages and not-for-profit organizations across the state.  A list of grant recipients can be found below. The grants, which are funded from the State's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), support a variety of projects such as community tree planting and tree inventories and management plans, as well as green infrastructure projects to assist in storm water management. 

 

“Arbor Day is a great reminder of the value trees play in our daily lives and their role in protecting and enhancing our environment and quality of life,” said Commissioner Martens.  “Trees help improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and beautify the landscape in New York’s urban areas. The grants announced today will help community green professionals and volunteers utilize best management practices to protect existing trees and plant new trees, which will increase the benefits they provide.” 

 

Acting State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Every year we proudly celebrate Arbor Day to recognize the important contributions that trees play in our daily lives. In fact in every season, trees are true economic engines, helping to create jobs for Christmas tree growers in the winter, maple syrup producers in the spring, nursery landscape operators in the summer, and tourism-related industries during the fall.  This year, I encourage all New Yorkers to embrace Arbor Day by planting a tree for future generations to enjoy.”

 

Senator Mark Grisanti said, “Today we recognize the tremendous environmental, social and economic benefits of trees in New York State. The urban forestry grants will help build our community forests and make our urban centers healthier and more beautiful places to live.”

 

Assembly Member John T. McDonald III said, “Local governments play a critical role in preserving and promoting urban and community forestry. These grant funds will allow our cities, towns and villages to continue to support community-wide forestry programs that not only create more attractive townscapes but also improve our environment and natural resources and provide green space and recreational opportunities.”

 

Assembly Member Bob Sweeney said, “National Arbor Day is a time to recognize the value of trees and the important role they have in our environment.  Trees clean and add oxygen to the air, they provide shade and use carbon dioxide, which helps to fight climate change.  The increased allocation to the state Environmental Protection Fund this year will benefit the state’s urban forestry program. Under the EPF, the grants announced today will help communities manage and enhance their trees for air and water quality benefits, and environmental health for the benefit of New York State residents.”

 

“When we talk about being green, preserving our environment is first and foremost,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “Trees, forests and green space all come to mind.  I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership which has been recognized not only here but around the world.  It speaks volumes that Australia is honoring him with the South Australian International Climate Change Leadership Award for his efforts to protect the environment.”

 

“Arbor Day is a great recognition of the significance that trees have in enhancing our environment and in beautifying our neighborhoods,” said Albany Mayor, Kathy M. Sheehan. “The City of Albany is proud of our designation as a ‘Tree City’, we have been celebrating Arbor Day in Albany with several new tree plantings throughout our community. Our Capital City consistently strives to promote initiatives to become a more sustainable, walkable, and bikeable community aligned with the goals of Arbor Day."

 

This year’s event was held at the north end of the Empire State Plaza, located in the center of downtown Albany.  The site is filled with northern red oak trees and serves as a popular lunchtime destination for state employees and visitors to Albany.  Tree “price tags” adorned the red oaks to demonstrate the benefits of these trees; for example, one tree in the park provides, on average, $1,500 in benefits over a 15-year period. This year’s ceremonial tree was donated by Northern Nurseries in Schenectady.

 

The Arbor Day celebration also recognized the artwork of DEC’s children’s poster contest winner, Annika Chang from John Mandracchia Sawmill Intermediate School in Commack, Suffolk County, and the Arbor Day professional poster, “Rebirth,” which was contributed by Faye Martin of Watertown in Jefferson County.

 

In addition, the New York State Arborists presented its Gold Leaf Award to Susan Gooberman, former executive director of Trees New York, based in New York City.  The New York Tree Farm Committee also presented its Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Award to the Hartwood Club, located in the Catskills, and the New York State Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Award to Christopher Prentis of Nyack, Rockland County.

 

Arbor Day in New York State is coordinated by the Arbor Day Committee, made up of representatives from the New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets and Environmental Conservation, the New York State Nursery Landscape Association, New York State Arborists, International Paper and the Empire State Forest Products Association.

 

For more information about celebrating Arbor Day, contact a local DEC office, visit
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5274.html or DEC’s website or call 518-402-9425.

 

Urban and Community Forestry grants recipients:

 

County

Applicant

Project Name

Grant Amount

Broome

City of Binghamton

City of Binghamton Comprehensive Tree Inventory - Phase 1

$25,000

Chautauqua

City of Jamestown, NY

City of Jamestown, NY - Street Tree Inventory

$25,000

Chenango

Village of New Berlin

Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration

$550

Chenango

Village of New Berlin

Village of New Berlin Tree Inventory

$2,500

Cortland

City of Cortland

East End Neighborhood Reforestation Program - Tree Planting Project

$16,800

Dutchess

Town of East Fishkill

Let's Count Trees - Street Tree Inventory

$22,482

Erie

Town of Cheektowaga

Town of Cheektowaga Tree Management Plan

$50,000

Erie

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda 2014-2015 Tree Planting Project

$37,770

Erie

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda Tree Inventory Project

$49,697

Franklin

Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District

Franklin County Arbor Day Event 2014

$1,000

Genesee

City of Batavia

City of Batavia Tree Management Plan

$15,000

Genesee

Village of Bergen

Village of Bergen Tree Inventory

$5,355

Jefferson

City of Watertown

City of Watertown Street Tree Inventory Project

$25,000

Kings

Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc.

Gowanus Street Tree Inventory Plan

$12,752

Kings

Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Inc.

Gowanus Street Tree Management Plan

$38,462

Monroe

Village of Brockport

Tree Management Project

$6,900

Monroe

Village of Brockport

Tree Planting Project

$10,820

Nassau

Lawrence High School

SAFI (Student Advocates for improvement at LHS) Rebuilding After Super Storm Sandy

$1,000

New York

City Parks Foundation

Tree Inventory for Inwood Hill Park

$50,000

New York

Trees New York

Trees Please! - Tree Planting Grant

$10,750

New York

Trees New York

Western Queens: Tree Stewardship and Pruning - Tree Maintenance

$34,790

Oneida

Village of Holland Patent

Arbor Day Grant - Park Avenue on the Village Green and Elm Street

$1,000

Onondaga

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County

Southwest Neighborhood Reforestation Project - Tree Planting Grant

$41,000

Onondaga

Town of DeWitt

DeWitt Tree Management Plan

$5,000

Onondaga

Town of DeWitt

2014 DeWitt Green Tree Project - Tree Planting Project

$12,500

Onondaga

Town of DeWitt

DeWitt Tree Inventory

$25,000

Onondaga

Village of Fayetteville

EAB Impact Mitigation Project - Maintenance Project

$12,500

Orange

City of Middletown

Middletown Parks Tree Inventory

$25,000

Orange

City of Newburgh

City of Newburgh - Tree Inventory

$25,000

Orange

City of Port Jervis

Port Jervis Adopt-A-Tree Program, Phase II - Tree Planting

$5,134

Orange

Village of Montgomery

Arbor Day Grant - Montgomery Bandstand Park

$1,000

Queens

City Parks Foundation - NY Tree Trust

Bronx Neighborhood Tree Planting for Stewardship

$50,000

Queens

Public School 229, Emanual Kaplan

Arbor Day Apple Tree Planting

$1,000

Queens

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Rockaway Dune Forest Restoration Project

$50,000

Queens

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Rockaway Arverne Dune Preserve Tree Inventory Project

$50,000

Rockland

Village of Nyack

Nyack Tree Inventory

$9,900

Steuben

Village of Bath

Tree Planting Project

$3,275

Suffolk

Incorporated Village of Poquott

Village of Poquott Tree Inventory

$19,500

Suffolk

Village of Asharoken

Arbor Day Event

$1,000

Sullivan

Village of Wurtsboro

Arbor Day Grant - Village of Wurtsboro Quick Start Grant

$1,000

Ulster

Town of Shawangunk EMC

Garrison Park Re-Forestation - Tree Planting Grant

$1,000

Westchester

Village of Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Tree Inventory

$16,000

 

 

TOTAL AWARDS: 

$797,437

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