VILLAGE OF NYACK TREE COMMITTEE
Attending: Marcy Denker, Sandra Baptista, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
1. TREE COMMITTEE MEMBER RECRUITMENT
We need to recruit additional tree committee members, particularly senior citizens and others who have more time to devote to projects.
2. TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
We will develop a tree planting program with a tree nursery (or nurseries) and plan to apply for two grants to get it started. We will pilot the project in spring, to launch on Arbor Day in late April.
We will learn from existing programs urban nursery/community forestry programs that have been successful (e.g. Fall River, MA) where low cost, bare root trees are grown in the nursery and planted out by volunteers.
Trees will be carefully selected based on the tree inventory and according to the different categories needed. There are lists of recommended trees for particular categories, such as street trees and trees for backyards on private properties.
The tree planting program should also develop specifications for sidewalk tree planting and identify priority sidewalk sites for planting. Possible sidewalk sites include:
• 1st Ave. between N. Broadway and N. Franklin St.;
• East side of N. Franklin St. between 1st Ave. and Main St.;
• N. Broadway between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave.;
• N. Midland between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave.;
• S. Broadway between Cedar Hill Ave. and Division Ave.
Over the next few days, Marcy will talk more with Cooperative Extension staff, including educational coordinator Anne Christian-Reuter, to gather more information and ideas.
3. VILLAGE BUDGET FOR TREES
Discussions continue with Jim Politi and Village Board to develop a budget proposal to fund tree planting and maintenance in the Village. This could be part of the capital budget.
There are two opportunities for funding. We should apply for both.
• The NYS Urban Forestry Grant opportunity will be announced next week. This grant funds Management Plans and Planting Projects.
• The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program provides $30,000 to $50,000 grants. Applications are due in early February. Awards will be announced at the end of June. These grants can be used for urban forestry projects related to water quality (e.g. expanding tree canopy; green infrastructure). Proposals need to involve community partners. We’ll need to identify a core group of five community partners to be part of the project and create a project that is sustainable. Possible partners are the Garden Club of Nyack, Nyack Hospital, Youth Conservation Core, and Rockland BOCES in West Nyack.
5. TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION FORM
Elijah and Marcy plan to meet starting the week of December 13th to start to draft a revised code and address the issues with the application form.