Nyack has just kicked off a complete street tree inventory project, so you may see two arborists around town taking the measure of village trees and recording data on their computers. The project is a key step in a new effort to better manage Nyack trees, minimize the effects of future storm damage and assure the community has a healthy, safe, and sustainable village forest.
The Village established a Tree Committee last year, and Chair Marcy Denker developed an application for grant funding for the project. Through the Environmental Protection Fund, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded Nyack an urban forestry grant of $9,900, with no match required from the Village.
The Village selected Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company to do the work. Davey’s forester Allison Huggan, an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, will inspect and map village street trees within the right-of-way and the trees within Nyack’s parks with assistance from forester Carl Koehler. Their handheld computers are loaded with village maps, aerial photographs, and data from existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to mark the location and record specific details of each of the trees and planting sites.
The project will culminate in a report that will identify and provide assessments of each tree including size, condition, maintenance needs, growing space, and risks from pests and diseases. The team will identify, measure, and map potential locations for tree planting sites. The information will help the Nyack Tree Committee develop recommendations for a forestry management plan, planting program and revisions to the tree protection standards in the Village Code.
“This is such an exciting project, and very timely, says Mayor Jen White. “Nyack will soon be designing a major streetscape improvement project on Broadway and some other sections of the downtown, and this inventory will help us plan to make it truly green and beautiful.”
According to NYSDEC Commissioner Joe Martens, “Urban forestry programs are vital in promoting clean air, clean water, energy savings, habitat creation, and improved quality of life for New York residents.” Plus, studies have shown that trees in downtowns and commercial areas are good for business.
So Nyack will have a lot to celebrate this Arbor Day. The inventory will be complete. The village has become a Tree City USA. And —in case you haven’t heard—trees in all of the Nyacks are being displayed on a new page that Trustee Doug Foster created on the village’s website for the Trees of the Nyacks Online Photo Contest. Visit nyack-ny.gov/trees for details and to enter. Then come out and celebrate it all in Memorial Park, April 25 at 11 a.m.
For more information contact Marcy Denker, Nyack Sustainability Coordinator and Chair, Nyack Tree Committee. email@example.com.