Tree Toga 6 is April 29th 2017
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Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project (UFP) gained visibility during 2012 by deploying 125 volunteers to inventory more than 5600 street and park trees in Saratoga Springs. The City used our inventory to shape its first-ever Urban Forest Master Plan, funded by a DEC grant. The City invited the UFP to partner with it during the process of drafting the plan, which was adopted by the city council on May 21, 2013.
The UFP quickly broadened its focus beyond the inventory, and now works on many fronts, educating about and advocating for the “preservation and expansion” of our urban forest. In 2014, we partnered with Saratoga Springboard and the City’s DPW to organize “Tree Toga”, an Arbor Day tree planting initiative and a festival on Henry Street. Tree Toga volunteers planted more than 30 trees in downtown neighborhoods of Saratoga Springs.
Other projects include our Save the Elms education and advocacy initiative and ongoing efforts to ensure that the City implements the Urban Forest Master Plan. UFP is beginning to plan tree planting initiatives that will channel the energy surrounding the city’s centennial (2015).
2013 Urban Forest Master Plan
DEC planting grant application (Dec 2013 – PDF) – DEC did not award this grant to Saratoga Springs for 2014; we will need to find other ways to fund tree planting.
Trees Pay Us Back
- “Trees Pay Us Back” – Costs and benefits of urban trees (PDF)
- “Trees are worth downtown’s investment” – Wolff 2006 (PDF)
Save Saratoga’s Elms: help fight the 2012-13 surge in Dutch elm disease
- “Saratoga’s Elm Legacy” by Tom Denny, featured in Saratoga Living, May 2014 (PDF)
- Informational brochure (Spring 2014 – PDF)
Say NO to Invasive Species: ban burning bush and Norway maple
- Click here to view our video “Beauty IS the Beast” and an informational slideshow about the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s proposed regulations.
The Urban Forestry Project (UFP) took formal shape late in 2011. UFP grew out of a group of volunteers who had been inventorying the street trees of Saratoga Springs under a NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation grant to the City. Through this critical period, the members of the UFP steering committee were Jim Zack, Casey Holzworth, Rick Fenton, Amy Durland, Tom Denny, Alex Chaucer, and Rayna Caldwell.
We are pleased that, with substantial support form the UFP, the City Council adopted a robust urban forest master plan on May 21, 2013. We will be monitoring the implementation of the plan, including needed legislation, funding, planning, and implementation. We stand ready to support the City’s efforts and to complement them as appropriate, through community education, through engagement of the community on specific tree planting and tree care campaigns, and through fund-raising.
Learn more about the Urban Forestry Project by downloading our informational brochure.