Tupper Lake hopes to receive Urban Forestry Grant

TUPPER LAKE – A recent grant application might make the village here look a little greener.

The village board recently passed a resolution to approve the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District’s application for an Urban Forestry Grant. The soil and water district had to obtain the approval of the village before it could apply for the grant.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation grant will award $2,500 to $50,000 to participating municipalities. The amount of the award is based on the municipality’s population. Fifty percent of the award must come from the county.

Urban Forestry Grants are available to municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Interested entities can apply for tree planting, maintenance grants or invasive pest studies in cases involving emerald ash borer or Asian long-horned beetle infestations.

The DEC will also manage and allocate tree inventories, management plans and $1,000 Quick Start Arbor Day Grants through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund. The Arbor Day grants have no match requirement.

“This will give us a chance to look at some of the spaces around the village that need tree plantings and get them done,” Mayor Paul Maroun said.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.