The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced nearly $1 million dollars in urban forestry grants for municipalities throughout the state. The projects will provide urban forest managers an essential baseline understanding of urban forest conditions and support their strategies to assess community forest needs and the distribution of forest benefits.
The City of Cortland was part of the municipalities awarded by the DEC. The city will be receiving $52,000 dollars towards tree inventory and management plan, the DEC says.
“Healthy urban and community forests provide a host of environmental, economic, and social benefits by reducing air pollution, enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting watersheds, mitigating flooding, increasing property values, and improving public health,” said Commissioner Seggos.
Funding for these grants comes from the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), with the specific funding for the UCF grants increasing from $1 to $3 million in the 2022-2023 budget. In the last 12 years, New York State has awarded more than $14 million in urban forestry grants to support projects with a total value of more than $20 million.