Urban & Community ForestRY Grants


In 2018, the City of Oneonta marked 32 years as a Tree City, which makes it fitting that we were awarded three Urban & Community Forestry Grants totaling $142,240 with a local match bringing the project total to $177,800!  Our main goal will be maintaining, protecting and growing our forests. This funding will support our tree maintenance program, help to prevent losses from the emerald ash borer and to plant trees on downtown Market Street. This will not only beautify the downtown area, but will also improve air quality.  

Emerald Ash Borer Preventative Maintenance 


The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive tree pest from Asia that was initially discovered in the U.S. in 2002 in Michigan, according to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Otsego county, among many others in the area, have been included in the DEC's EAB Restricted Zone which prohibits the movement of EAB and potentially infested ash wood. Emerald ash borers have been discovered within 14 miles from Oneonta so while it has not reached our City yet, it is imminent threat that we will be addressing preemptively. The City will be using the funds to inoculate or remove ash trees along the city streets and in other public areas such as city parks, we will inoculate approximately 85 ash trees and remove approximately 55 ash trees. 76 percent of our ash trees are located in the DEC's Potential Environment Justice Areas


Planting of Street Trees on Market Street

Trees will be planted in coordination with the Downtown Revitalization Intiative (DRI). The DRI will be implementing many improvements to Market Street in conjunction with planting trees and beautification.

General Tree Maintenance Program

With the general maintenance funds, the City will be continuing with our current program to remove aging and/or potentially hazardous trees as well addressing any other issues that may arise.

Public Outreach and Education
Presentation on the Emerald Ash Borer - Click Here for Details

Emerald Ash Borer Handout


  • Spotting the Emerald Ash Borer
  • Effects on Ash Trees
  • What to look for
  • What Homeowners can do to prepare


City of Oneonta's Annual Arbor Day Activities 

The City of Oneonta's annual Arbor Day event held on 4/27/2018 included the ceremonial planting of a birch tree, as well as walks and demonstrations highlighting the impact of invasive species. The event began at Swart-Wilcox Historic Park, Wilcox Avenue, Oneonta, when City officials, assisted by students from Riverside Elementary School, planted a birch tree on the grounds of Swart-Wilcox Historic Park.  Jeff Bell of NYSEG handed out rose of Sharon seedlings and coloring books to the students. Arborist Craig Vollmer of Forecon, Inc. demonstrated how to protect ash trees from emerald ash borer, an invasive insect. Following this, Jeff O'Handley of Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) led a walk in the area to discuss the importance of urban forests, how to identify trees, and the potential impacts of invasive species on the urban forest.


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