The NYS Urban and Community Forestry program is pleased to present information sessions in preparation for the Round 15 grant. Funding for urban forestry grants will be available from the Environmental Protection Fund for projects throughout the state.

The application for funding is expected to be available in Fall 2019. Project categories include planting, maintenance, tree inventories, forest management plans and education programs.

To assist potential applicants, information sessions have been scheduled at the locations and times below:

Date County Location
10:30am- 12:30pm
Albany Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Ave, Delmar 12054
Jefferson Watertown City Hall
245 Washington St, Watertown 13601
Warren DEC Office
232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg 12885
Suffolk DEC Office
50 Circle Road, Stony Brook 11790
Queens DEC Office
1 Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, 11101.
7 or G Train to 21st Street, Parking is very difficult
Broome Broome County Library
185 Court Street, Binghamton 13901.
An i-Tree Eco training will be held 11:30am-12:30pm.
Erie Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Parkside Lodge, 84 Parkside Ave,
Buffalo 14214
Livingston DEC Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon 14414
Onondaga DeWitt Town Hall
5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse 13057

For more information or to let us know you will be attending, call DEC Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) at 518-402-9428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up online at Space is limited. For all UCF upcoming activities:

DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is moving toward electronic communication of workshops, conferences and grant opportunities, and away from postal mailings as much as possible. We encourage you to sign up for emails through DEC Delivers at In addition to urban forestry topics, you will receive information on forests, plants and land conservation across the state. We anticipate primarily email-only through DEC Delivers by 2021. We will continue to send emails through our current database in addition to DEC Delivers until 2021.


Quarantine of Certain "Articles" to Prevent the Continuing Threat Posed by Spotted Lanternfly (SL)

The New York State "Register" is published weekly by the New York Department of State to serve notice and solicit comments on proposed new Rules promulgated by State Agencies. Click link below, see pages 1-4. Relating to the Quarantine of certain "articles" to prevent the continuing threat posed by Spotted Lanternfly (SL)

This week the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has published Rules related to the Quarantine of the following regulated articles THAT ARE TRANSPORTED INTO THE STATE OF NEW YORK from certain neighboring states and counties listed below. Please understand that while this is categorized as an 'Emergency Rule" After 60 days it can continue in force until which time that the Department of Agriculture and Markets declares it to be unnecessary.

Purpose: To prevent SL-infested articles originating in or moving through areas in other states where SL is present from entering NYS.
§ 142.3 Regulated articles.
The following articles are regulated when originating from, located within, or moved through the area as described in Section 142.2 of this Part:
(a) Any living life stage of the Spotted lanternfly.
(b) Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste.
(c) Landscaping, remodeling, or construction waste.
(d) Logs, stumps, or any tree parts.
(e) Firewood of any species.
(f) Packing materials, such as wood crates or boxes.
(g) All plants and plant parts including but not limited to nursery stock, green lumber, fruit and produce and other material living, dead, cut, fallen (including stumps), roots, branches, mulch, and composted and uncomposted chips.
(h) Outdoor household articles, including, but not limited to, recreational vehicles, lawn tractors and mowers, mower decks, grills, grill and furniture covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, and any equipment associated therewith, and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

The quarantine area consists of the following counties:
(a) In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the counties of Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill.
(b) In the Commonwealth of Virginia, the county of Frederick.
(c) In the State of New Jersey, the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer, and Warren.
(d) In the State of Delaware, the county of New Castle.

This notice is intended: to serve as both a notice of emergency adoption and a notice of proposed rule making. The emergency rule will expire December 17, 2018.

Text of rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from: Christopher Logue, Director, Division of Plant Industry, Agriculture and Markets, 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235, (518) 457-2087, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Data, views or arguments may be submitted to: Same as above. Public comment will be received until: 60 days after publication of this notice.

Spotted Lanternfly Monthly Update

January 2019
November 2018 
September 2018
August 2018 
July 2018

Natural Bracing in Trees - A short article by Dr. Duncan Slater, Senior Lecturer in Arboriculture, Myerscough College, Lancashire, England.

Protective Zones to Prevent the Spread of Oak Wilt Disease

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) announced that the oak tree disease, oak wilt, has been detected in the Central Islip area of the town of Islip, Suffolk County. The disease was identified by the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic after samples from a symptomatic oak tree were submitted by a concerned tree care professional.

This is the second location in New York that oak wilt has been confirmed, the first being in Schenectady County in 2008 and 2013. After the provided oak samples tested positive for the fungus that causes the disease, the tree care professional removed and destroyed four trees that exhibited signs of being infected. There is no known treatment to contain and kill the oak wilt fungus other than to remove the infected trees as well as any surrounding host oak trees.

Read the Order for the establishment of Protective Zones to Prevent the Spread of Oak Wilt disease pursuant to ECL Sections 9-1303.

Oak Wilt MapThere a simple steps vegetation managers can do to prevent the spread of oak wilt.  We can protect our oaks by pruning during the dormant season (see video).  Additional resources are also available at Though NYSDEC understand the challenges with changing tree line maintenance operations, they need utility pruning/cutting schedules for oak to be adjusted accordingly.

Oak Wilt Pruning Card-1Additionally, Plant Protective Zones are currently being filed in Brooklyn and Suffolk County in New York.  The zones are in place in Canandaigua and Central Islip.  This means oak wood and firewood cannot leave these zones.  Long Island vegetation managers have been cooperating by chipping their trees on site which makes that wood waste safe and legal to move out of zones.

Your attention and anticipated cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Please call the number below with questions.  NYSDEC will pass along new Plant Protective Zone specifics as they are approved.

Click here for the Oak Wilt Fact Sheet.

Click here for Protect Your Oaks sheet.

Jennifer Kotary
Oak Wilt Operations Coordinator, Division of Lands and Forests - Forest Health
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-4253
P: 518-408-0429  C: 518-410-6360

DEC Announces Summer 2017 Oak Wilt Management Actions in New York State: State Encourages the Public to Report Oak Trees Losing Leaves in July and August

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced plans to manage the spread of the invasive species that causes oak wilt disease and confirmed that the 15 trees infected by oak wilt in New York during 2016 have been removed. DEC is continuing to monitor for additional infection sites in cooperation with state and local partners, including the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) at Cornell University, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM).

"Without the support of the Department of Agriculture and Markets and Cornell University, these oak wilt infections may have gone unnoticed and the potential for spreading throughout New York State could have led to a significant loss of oak trees," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Continued collaboration with our state and local partners is critical to protecting our rural and community forests."

DEC identified potential infection sites, collected samples, and submitted them to Cornell University for analysis. Cornell's PDDC staff conducted tests to confirm or rule out the presence of oak wilt. The funding for this work was provided by DAM through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. PDDC will continue to test submitted samples throughout the 2017 growing season while working to streamline and testing procedures.