Western New York communities get state grants for urban forestry projects

trees in Amherst NY with sky
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Western New York communities have received grants for urban forestry projects from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The organizations and projects are:

  • Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, $24,000 for Erie County tree inventory project for Ellicott Creek and Elma Meadows Parks
  • Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry, $18,240 for Erie County Parks tree management plan
  • Town of Lancaster, $25,000 for Town of Lancaster 2014-2015 tree planting project
  • Town of Newstead, $5,033 for Town of Newstead/Village of Akron tree inventory
    Town of Elma, $12,000 for Town of Elma ash tree inventory
  • City of Tonawanda,  $17,525 for City of Tonawanda citywide tree planting project
  • City of North Tonawanda,  $25,000 for North Tonawanda tree inventory

The grants are provided to communities through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Projects target local environmental needs to 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.

A total of 40 grants were awarded. DEC selected the award recipients from 145 applications, which were scored competitively.

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