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.
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.