Since 2005, the City of Binghamton has received $50,000 in funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. These funds have helped the City implement its urban forestry initiative.
In 2010, the City released its Urban Forest Management Plan. This document is the culmination of work between the City and the Shade Tree Commission and their efforts to improve the City's urban forest management operations. The process of developing the plan gave the City the opportunity to critically evaluate its current operations and to develop goals that will help create a more successful and efficient management system while building a more resilient, vibrant urban forest that will provide benefits to all residents.
In 2013, the City will be working with a consultant to conduct a sample inventory of City street trees. The information provided by the sample inventory will help the City set guidelines for new tree selection, develop a maintenance schedule, and better plan for budgetary needs. The City's consultant will also assist in the development of a street and park tree risk survey procedure and will train Department of Parks & Recreation staff to be able to conduct the survey on an ongoing, annual basis. The survey will identify trees in need of pruning, removal, or pest treatment, and inform the development of a work plan to mitigate risk trees.
Other components of the City's urban forestry initiative include the Citizen Pruner Program, the Street Tree Planting Program, and the Tree Donation Fund. Follow the links on the right for more information on these programs.