Urban Forest Sustainaibility Showcase

The City of Watertown holds a unique urban arboretum that provides immense beauty and many benefits for people and nature. The arboretum has over 35 different species of trees and is located on both private and public property between Sterling and Stone Street one block south of Public Square.

Invasive species and climate change threaten the health of this arboretum and other street trees and green spaces in the City. To help protect their trees the City of Watertown has taken measures to develop an Urban Tree Management Guide. The guide outlines tree management plans that the City will implement to enhance the health of their urban forest. In addition, Watertown is adopting strategies outlined in the SLELO PRISM Urban Forest Sustainability Guide. 

Watertown has a dedicated tree group called, Tree Watertown, that collaborates to protect the trees. Tree Watertown meets on the second Thursday of every month, at 4:30 p.m. Currently, meetings are being held virtually. Typically, the group meets in the  Watertown City Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall, located at 245 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Those interested in attending a meeting can reach out to The Tree Watertown Facebook page or contact Mike DeMarco at

To raise awareness and appreciation for the Watertown Arboretum, an interactive story-map is available for use on mobile devices to allow community members to take a guided tour and learn about the trees in the arboretum and about the invasive species that threaten them.


City of Watertown Arboretum Overview 

Adopt a Tree Program Signs of Infestation

Watertown Arboretum Story-map

Watertown Arboretum Brochure & Tree Information

City of Watertown Tree Management Plan

Tree Planting in Watertown

Volunteers helped plant trees in Watertown honoring former Watertown Mayor Tom Walker. Funding through SLELO’s Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative reimbursment program was used to purchase some of the trees planted. 

The Village of Pulaski, NY is in the process of ordering suggested non-invasvie trees from our Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative. A presentation was held on the 5th of April, the Mayor of Pulaski along with other members of the community attended this presentation.

The Village of Massena, NY is in the process of ordering suggested non-invasive trees from our Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative. A presentation was held on the 3rd of June, 2021.

Municipalities that adopt our Urban Forest Sustainability Guide will be showcased on this webpage. 

To have your municipality showcased, reach out to

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Prevent the introduction of invasive species into the SLELO PRISM.

Rapidly detect new and recent invaders and eliminate all individuals within a specific area.

Share resources, including funding personnel, equipment, information, and expertise.

Collect, utilize, and share information regarding surveys, infestations, control methods, monitoring, and research.

Control invasive species infestations by using best management practices, methods and techniques to include: ERADICATION (which is to eliminate all individuals and the seed bank from an area), CONTAINMENT (which is reducing the spread of established infestations from entering an uninfested area) and SUPPRESSION which is to reduce the density but not necessarily the total infested area.

Develop and implement effective restoration methods for areas that have been degraded by invasive species and where suppression or control has taken place.

Increase public awareness and understanding of invasive species.

Develop and implement innovative technologies that help us to better understand, visualize, alleviate or manage invasive species and their impacts or that serve to strengthen ecosystem function and/or processes.

Rob Williams
PRISM Coordinator

Megan Pistolese
Outreach and Education

Brittney Rogers
Aquatic Invasive Species

Robert Smith
Terrestrial Invasive Species