Urban and Community Forestry
Tree Inventory and Community Forest Management Plan
The Village of Saranac Lake applied for and received the Urban and Community Forestry Grant from the NYS DEC. With this grant, the Village, using staff and a hired consultant, conducted a Tree Inventory and drafted a Community Forestry Managment Plan (CFMP).
Overall the goal of the project was to determine the types, quantities, location, and health of the community forest, develop a management plan that assists the Village in expanding its urban forest, addresses forest health issues and threats, keeps up with best maintenance practices, and secures community involvement in protecting and enhancing the forest resources.
Currently there are varying species of trees and conditions, from healthy to dead, among trees planted in Village parks, Village right-of-ways, and on Village easements. With a complete tree inventory and a comprehensive care and management plan, the Village can ensure that residents are afforded a healthy tree canopy for years to come. The Final Community Forest Management Plan presents these findings and forges a path forward for heathy community trees.
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