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. This grant will allow the Village to conduct a Tree Inventory and then create a Community Forestry Managment Plan (CFMP).


Overall the goal of the project is to determine the types, quantities, location, and health of the community forest, and to develop a management plan that will assist the Village in expanding its urban forest, addressing forest health issues and threats, creating an action plan for maintenance of the forest, and to secure 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 will ensure that residents are afforded a healthy tree canopy for years to come. 


Upon completion of the CFMP, the hired professionals will present the plan to the Village Board at a public meeting. Check back on this page for updates on the timeline and opportunities to learn more about urban forestry. 



Final Draft Version of the CFMP

View the draft Community Forest Management Plan




Grant awarded by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on December 1, 2020


Request for Proposals (RFP) published April 13, 2021


Contract awarded to ArborPro May 24, 2021


Project Kick-Off Meeting with ArborPro, DEC, Village staff, and Village Tree Committee August 25, 2021


Tree Inventory conducted for downtown street trees, all Village parks, and Park Ave. trees August 2021


Tree Inventory reviewed and approved by a DEC Forest Ranger September 2021


Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP) drafted by ArborPro November 2021


Presentation of the CFMP at a Regular Village Board Meeting April 2022


Final Plan Adopted, Exact Date TBD, Spring 2022





State of the tree, ADE