Albany having citywide tree inventory and plan on planting over 2,000 trees

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio announced the commencement of a citywide inventory of Albany’s street and park trees.

The inventory is designed to collect basic information about every tree located along Albany’s streets and in Albany’s parks, including their size, species, location, and other details relevant to their ongoing maintenance by city staff.

Arborists could be seen measuring trees on Elk and Ontario Street Wednesday morning.

“We want to make sure that the proper trees are planted under powerlines, they’re good for the root systems and things of that nature,” Frank Zeoli, Deputy Commissioner of DGS told NEWS10’s Giuliana Bruno, “so we want to make sure that by doing the inventory, it’s going to give us a good idea of what we’ve got and then we can make plans for the future.”

Albany plans on replacing lost trees while enhancing and preserving our urban forest for years to come, they would like to plant 2,025 new trees across the City by 2025.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “Obtaining an inventory of our park and street trees will help us proactively and strategically enhance our urban forest so it can thrive for generations to come. I want to thank Commissioner Panunzio, Deputy Commissioner Zeoli, and our partners at Davey Resource Group for helping us to secure the resources needed to ensure Albany has the most healthy and vibrant street and park trees possible.”

DGS says the process is expected to take four to six weeks.

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