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City of Hudson Awarded NYSDEC Urban Forestry Grant

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson is pleased to announce that the City of Hudson has been awarded an Urban Forestry Grant from The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The $20,000 Community and Urban Forestry Round 15 Grant will fund the creation of a tree inventory and tree management plan executed by professional foresters.

“The grant is an important opportunity to plan ahead and create a city that values our natural resources and a healthy environment,” says Mayor Kamal Johnson.

The comprehensive project will include documenting all of Hudson’s street trees and most park trees. The trees will be cataloged by GIS location, species, size, health, planting site, and care recommendations. The Forester will create a database and produce a written five-year Urban Forest Management Plan.

“Healthy community forests provide a host of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including wildlife habitat, watershed protection, flood reduction, increased property values, and improved public health,” said Commissioner Seggos announcing the awards. “Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing in the health of New York’s communities through the State's Environmental Protection Fund, providing crucial assistance for our state’s vital forests to thrive.” 

The City of Hudson is one of 38 projects to receive funding, from a total of 154 applications. 

“We of the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) for the City of Hudson are very excited about this Tree Inventory and Urban Forestry Management Plan,” said Hilary Hillman, member of the Hudson CAC, who coordinated the grant application. “Our tree canopy belongs to every resident in the city. It provides each of us cleaner air, cools down our streets and buildings in the summer, drinks up stormwater, keeps our topsoil from eroding, and invites nature into our lives. Once we have an inventory and a management plan we will be able to chart the care for the trees we have and better plan for future planting of native species trees to expand our urban forest while enhancing the livability of the city for all.”  

The Hudson CAC had planned for 2020 to be “The Year of the Tree.” Informational panel discussions, tree plantings, and interactive programs were canceled due to the pandemic. “We have had an understandable delay in our 2020 plans due to Covid-19, but if this year has taught us anything it is the importance of getting out into nature, breathing in the clean air and taking in the calm that nature offers,” said Hillman. “We will resume our informational programs for residents in an appropriate matter. Hudson’s Urban Forest belongs to us all and we want to make it strong for generations to come.”

Learn more about Hudson’s environmental sustainability projects.