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Tree Inventory & Community Forest Management Plan

Recently, the Town of Amherst applied and received a forestry grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”). The Town does not have a complete inventory placing the Town of Amherst in a position of reduced capacity to fully develop, capitalize upon, and utilize its street tree and park tree population as an influential tool in the creation and provision of aesthetic and environmental benefits. A comprehensive tree inventory is a powerful and indispensable urban forest management tool that guides the development of a sustainable, diverse, and healthy street tree population. The data collected will be used to analyze the species, size, and health compositions of the Town’s existing street tree population.

The benefits of a public tree inventory are significant. This information will be used to direct street tree planting and street tree maintenance operations; guide response efforts to destructive diseases and insect pests; assist in emergency management and response; and provide information on the composition, distribution, benefits, and value of the inventoried population. The comprehensive tree inventory will be foundational component for completion of the Community Forest Management Plan.

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This grant opportunity will allow the Town of Amherst to complete:

  1. TREE INVENTORY

    The Town will complete a comprehensive street tree inventory that includes trees and planting spaces on town right of ways and property in zip code 14226. County and State roads will not be part of this project.

    Please be aware that Town & NYS DEC officials, staff, arborists and contractors will be walking and collecting data from local roads in Eggertsville and Snyder. A more precise project timeline will be placed on the website.

  2. COMMUNITY FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN

    The Community Forestry Management Plan (“CFMP”), will be based on tree inventory data to address environmental issues. This “CFMP” will provide a record and understanding of what currently exists while managing the future goals of the community.

    • The development of budgets and work plans, including timelines and tasks, to meet that vision.
    • The use of the tree inventory which identifies management needs i.e.) pruning rotations, removal implementation, and prioritization of work load.
    • Storm preparedness and response planning.
    • Invasive species preparedness and response.
    • Planting plan to address the unique characteristics of the project location, such as: species diversity, understory plantings, erosion control, and brownfields that could be impacted with planting and would address local needs.
    • Urban forest environmental benefit analysis of environmental issues such as: water quality, air quality, reduce urban heat island effect, energy efficiencies, storm water management, and health.

Information will be placed on this web page throughout the process. Any questions please contact trees@amherst.ny.us

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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