March 11th, 2019
Mount Kisco, NY – In 2016, the Village/Town of Mount Kisco was awarded a $50,000.00 grant through the New York State 2016 Urban and Community Forest Grant Program. The grant has funded a Village-wide street tree inventory whereby all street trees have been located and mapped using a Global Positioning System (GPS). Mount Kisco has completed the program requirements for the grant.
The study area included street trees located within the Village right-of-way and within certain Village parks and parking areas. Street trees along approximately 25 centerline miles of roadway have been studied and mapped.
"Preserving greenspace and our natural environment is a priority for the Village. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Seggos for their commitment to the Urban and Community Forest Grant Program which helped fund this effort," said Mayor Gina Picinich. "The tree inventory and management plan developed under this program will go a long way towards maintaining the Village’s street trees, which provide environmental, aesthetic, and economic benefits."
Information such as tree diameter, specie type, location, condition, risk rating, maintenance needs, and defects have been gathered and inputted into a database. A tree management plan has also been developed and provides, among other things, strategies to maintain and manage our community street trees. The work was performed by Kellard Sessions Consulting and Bartlett Tree Experts.