Funding announced for Ulster County municipal tree plantings

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KINGSTON – As part of Earth Week 2022, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that $11,000 in funding is available for municipal tree planting projects through a partnership between the Ulster County Department of the Environment and Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Four municipalities are currently lined up for planting events in 2022. The county is supplying trees and materials to municipalities or municipal groups, and the projects are being coordinated and implemented by the applicant.

“Tree planting is a proven, tangible way for every community to take climate action – immediately helping to diminish carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and creating healthier, safer and more connected communities,” Ryan said.

“It has been a pleasure for the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District to collaborate with the Ulster County Department of the Environment and participating municipalities. No one agency can do it alone,” said Jake Wedemeyer, executive director of the county Soil and Water Conservation District. “Our open collaboration has resulted in reducing soil erosion, planting a diverse species of trees within the county municipalities and contributing to reducing the impacts of climate change over the long term. Partnering with the Ulster County Department of the Environment has helped us provide ‘in the ground conservation practices’ for numerous municipalities.”

The Town of Saugerties is a participant in the initiative and will be planning 12 maple trees at Cantine Field with trees and mulch provided by the program.

Last year, Climate Smart Gardiner organized Gardiner’s first-ever Arbor Day celebration and the planting of 300 trees with a $1,000 grant from the New York State Urban Forestry Council, and proposed an Arbor Day tree planting program to the county’s Department of the Environment. In 2022, the Department of the Environment will work with Kim Mayer and Climate Smart Gardiner to support another tree planting event, providing the public benefits of both greenhouse gas reduction and adaptation to climate change hazards.

For more information and instructions on municipal tree planting funding, find the application online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Plantings can take place anytime in the 2022 calendar year, including but not limited to Arbor Day, which is April 26.