In November 2018 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded the City of Poughkeepsie $50,000 (PDF) through the Urban and Community Forestry Project for a comprehensive street tree inventory and management plan. Following a request for proposals, the City contracted ArborPro Urban Tree Management to conduct the inventory and assist the City in creating a detailed management plan. ArborPro worked closely with the city's Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and Shade Tree Commission to complete the project by January 2020.
The tree inventory and management plan is an integral component of Poughkeepsie’s comprehensive tree care program. The results of this project help Poughkeepsie better understand its urban forest’s composition, structure, and tree maintenance needs; plan for short-term and long-term resource allocation; develop risk management strategies; and enable the city to promote the economic, environmental, and social benefits its trees provide to the community.
The following Tree Inventory Summary Report and Tree Management Plan are available for download: