In 2018, the Town of Bethlehem was awarded an Urban and Community Forestry Grant by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. NYSDEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program helps communities develop and implement comprehensive tree planting, management, maintenance, and education to create healthy forests while enhancing quality of life for residents. The award from NYSDEC of $35,000 allowed the Town to hire a professional consultant to complete a town street tree inventory and a community forest management plan. The Street Tree Advisory Committee appointed at the March 27, 2019 Town Board provides guidance to town staff.
Davey Resource Group conducted a street tree inventory from August to October 2019 and worked with Town staff and the Street Tree Advisory Committee members in 2020 to develop the Street Tree Inventory Analysis and Management Plan. The Town held a lunch forum in October 2020 and collected public feedback on the plan and incorporated the feedback into the final draft of the plan. The Town Board accepted the final draft of the plan on November 4, 2020.
Staff, the Street Tree Advisory Committee, and Davey Resource Group held a lunch-hour web forum on October 14 to present the plan, answer questions, and gather feedback. Watch the video of the meeting to hear the presentation from Davey Resource Group and Question and Answer session.