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Urban Forestry Project

To learn more about the Urban Forestry Project or to get involved, contact us at trees@sustainablesaratoga.org

What is the Urban Forestry Project?

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).

Click here to view our interactive tree inventory of more than 4800 trees, updated 2014.

Click here to explore our INTERACTIVE TREE MAP of Saratoga (with 2014 updates)

Tree Policies of Saratoga Springs

Tree Issues and Advocacy Positions

Trees Pay Us Back

Save Saratoga’s Elms: help fight the 2012-13 surge in Dutch elm disease

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.

More Information about the Urban Forestry Project

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.

 

Thanks to board member Jim Zack for this sequence of “then and now” views of North Broadway. Should the city restore the double rows of trees originally established in these spacious tree lawns?