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 mdemarco@Watertown-ny.gov.

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 planted 17 native or non-invasive tree species along Rome road on October 30th, 2021.  A presentation was held on the 5th of April, the Mayor of Pulaski along with other members of the community attended this presentation.

Tree Planting in Pulaski

The Village of Massena, NY held a tree planting on November 11th. Folks involved with the urban program including Andrew McMahon, Superintendent, Town of Massena Electric Department, and Hassan Fayad, Superintendent, Village of Massena Department of Public Works, were present. A presentation was held on the 3rd of June, 2021. 

The Village of Canton, NY has planted over 30 trees of various varieties at the Bend of the River park and other community spaces.  Plantings occurred over three days led by the Canton Tree Committee and DPW with help from, SLELO PRISM, the Soil, and Water Conservation District, SLL BOCES Agriculture Studies Academy,  along with students from local schools and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

Professional instructors provided demonstrations of proper tree planting after the Canton DPW workers broke ground for the trees. All trees are planted, staked, caged, watered, and mulched, and DPW will continue watering for the remainder of this season and next spring.

Municipalities that participate in the Urban Forest Sustainability Initiative will be showcased on this webpage. 

To have your municipality showcased, reach out to robert.l.smith@tnc.org

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