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Urban Forestry Project

What is the Urban Forestry Project?

Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project (UFP) gained visibility during 2012 through its inventory of more than 5600 street and park trees in Saratoga Springs. Funded by a DEC grant, the City used the inventory to shape its first-ever urban forest master plan. The City invited the UFP to partner with it during the process of drafting the master plan, which was adopted by the city council on May 21, 2013. The Urban Forestry Project quickly broadened its focus beyond the inventory, and now works on many fronts, educating about and advocating for the “preservation and expansion” (to use City Council’s words) of our urban forest.

Advocacy for Saratoga’s trees

Timeline of Issues

Former Ellsworth Ice Cream Factory

Cinema on Railroad Place

Woodlawn Parking Garage

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?