Since completing the Natural Resource and Open Space Inventory in the spring of 2019, the Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) has focused its attention on trees. This year--2020--was to be the Year of the Tree, with informational panel discussions, tree plantings, and interactive programs, but all that had to be canceled because of the pandemic. One tree-related thing did happen, however. It was just announced that Hudson has been awarded an Urban Forestry Grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The $20,000 grant will fund a tree inventory and a tree management plan.
Hilary Hillman, the member of the CAC who worked to get the grant for the city, commented, "We . . . are very excited about this Tree Inventory and Urban Forestry Management Plan. Our tree canopy belongs to every resident in the city. It provides each of us cleaner air, cools down our streets and buildings in the summer, drinks up storm water, keeps our topsoil from eroding, and invites nature into our lives. Once we have an inventory and a management plan we will be able to chart the care for the trees we have and better plan for future planting of native species trees to expand our urban forest while enhancing the livability of the city for all. . . . Hudson's Urban Forest belongs to us all and we want to make it strong for generations to come."