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 will work closely with the city's Planning Department, Department of Public Works, and Shade Tree Commission to complete the project by Fall 2019.
The proposed tree inventory and management plan will be an integral component of Poughkeepsie’s comprehensive tree care program. The results of this project will 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.