Trees in urban areas and community spaces help the health of our cities and towns by cleaning the air and beautifying the streets.
Tree health can be impacted by many factors, including invasive species.
How You Can Help:
  • Help tree care professionals and scientists by reporting the health of local trees with the “Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities” app.
  • If you live in Watertown, NY, you can adopt a tree to monitor for signs of invasive pests. 
  • If you manage street trees, learn how to enhance the resiliency of your community trees against invasive species and climate change with our Urban Forest Sustainability Guide. 

Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities (HTHC) is a collaborative initiative to promote the long-term health of urban trees by providing free tools and resources such as a smartphone application (“app”), a web-based project management dashboard, and training resources.

The Adopt a Tree Pilot Project is a community science project being piloted in Watertown, NY. The intension of the program is to raise awareness of invasive forest pests and to help manage invasive pests that are found before their populations become too wide-spread. 

Partcipants in the program adopt a tree in Watertown’s downtown tree arboretum to monitor for and report signs of invasive forest pests that threaten the Northern New York region. At this time, the progam is focusing on enhancing early detection efforts for emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle.  

Our Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative Guide is designed to help our communities sustain their urban forests by encouraging the following strategies: increased tree species diversity, planting climate adaptable trees, implementing proper pest management, planting the right trees in the right places, and selecting native rather than non-native tree species. Taking these steps enhances the resiliency of our urban forests against invasive pests and climate change.

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