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Expect More Trees In State – Governor Wants to Plant 25 Million By 2033

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced New York State will look to see 25 million more trees by 2033 after the Governor announced actions to plant more trees and safeguard clean water and also protect lakes within the state.

The announcement comes from the Governor’s 2024 State of the State. Hochul announced funding for clean drinking water, which will go towards maximizing the benefits for rural and disadvantaged communities. Actions will also be taken to protect lakes in the state, which the Governor says are a valuable resource for clean drinking water, tourism, and recreation.

“New York’s natural resources are invaluable, and no one in New York should ever fear that they don’t have access to clean water,” Governor Hochul said. “New York’s natural beauty is unmatched, and we must take the necessary steps to keep it that way for generations to come.”

To make the goal of planting 25 million trees in the state a reality, the state will provide annual grants to municipalities over three years to assist them planting trees to support resilient reforestation and urban forests. The Governor says the state will prioritize tree planting in urban areas to mitigate potential extreme heat as cities typically warm faster than rural areas.

In safeguarding clean water, the Governor will include initiatives in protecting water quality, removing emerging contaminants, work against climate change, ensuring affordability and prioritizing disadvantaged communities. The state will continue its efforts in updating outdated sewer infrastructure and lead service line removal.

Lastly in the announcement of protecting lakes, Hochul will direct investments into the Eastern Finger Lakes Coalition of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in addressing causes of HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) and reduce their prevalence in lakes. There will also be capital investments for agricultural and resiliency projects, supporting farmers in investing in more cover crops, improving culverts to reduce runoff, and continuing projects which will improve overall soil health.

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