Project highlights for 2018
Community Ash Tree Survey Project
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Forestry Resource Program is calling out to the community for assistance in tracking the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) that is set to destroy all of our ash trees. Community members can participate by volunteering a tree on their property to be used as sentinel trap tree. Use the map to locate your property within a square. An inspection will be made to verify the location of the ash tree. Once verified, Forestry Resources will obtain address information and then girdle the tree this spring and cut it down in the fall. Property owners will be entered in a drawing for a new yard tree that will be planted and cared for by the program for two years. Only one tree is needed in each square so be the first to fill a square.
Contact the Forestry Resources Program at (518) 358-5937 to participate.
Akwesasne Urban Forest Restoration and Watershed Protection
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As part of a local storm water management strategy, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, with help from the U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will be planting 1,200 new trees to help improve green infrastructure in Akwesasne’s urban forest areas. These trees will help reduce storm water runoff, soil erosion, and sediment/nutrition loading in the rivers and streams in Akwesasne, near shore waters, and great lakes tributaries. Plantings will take place on public parks and private residences with a focus on replacing hazard trees that have been removed and Ash trees that will be lost due to the Emerald Ash Borer.
Down Woody Debris and Hazard Tree Assessment Program
Down Woody Debris Removal
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Environment Division, Forestry Resources Program will begin its seasonal program to assist the community with their spring clean up. The chipping project will begin taking sign-ups on Monday, April 23,2018 at their office located at 449 Frogtown Road, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Actual work will begin in late May or early June when weather and ground conditions permit.
Chipping is the removal of dead and down trees, limbs and branches. This eliminates the need to burn and provides a safe and convenient way to get yards in shape for the summer months. The elderly (ages 65 and older) and disabled (evidenced by state or provincial driver disability licensing, placard or plates) are prioritized and will be served first, although, anyone can sign up. The elderly and disabled who are unable to visit the environment office to sign up can be visited by calling the program with name, phone number and address to arrange a site visit.
Anyone participating in the program will be required to sign an access waiver before work is done on their property. If there is any question regarding land ownership the Tribe reserves the right to refuse services until the issues are cleared up.
Community members are encouraged take advantage of these services by getting in touch with the Forestry Program at (518)358-5937.
Hazard Tree Assessment Program
The hazard tree assessment program identifies trees that pose a danger to life and property and schedules them for possible removal, if necessary. Applications are received throughout the year but actual work and removals are performed during the months of June-November annually.
Hazard Tree services must be requested in person at the Environment Division office, 449 Frogtown Road, Akwesasne unless an elder’s circumstance prevents them from coming into the office or if a person is disabled and can't come to the office. In these case’s the Forestry Program will arrange a home visit. The community is reminded to never attempt tree removal on their own, especially if the tree is near power lines or buildings. If a contractor is called in they should ensure that they are qualified and insured and provide a written quote before proceeding.
Update 2018: Due to the large number of requests for the hazard tree assessments, we were not able to meet them all last year. There is now a two-year waiting list. The list’s priority is based on the risk the tree poses for falling on people and property. Priority is then given to the elderly, retired and disabled members of the community. These additional criteria are used because these individuals are usually on fixed income and aren’t able to obtain resources for this type of work which can be quite expensive.
For additional information and to better understand the services provided see the following document (79 KB)
Key components of the plan:
- The current condition of the Urban and Community Forest
- Vision for the future and how that vision will be attained
- Goals, Objectives and Actions
- The community’s ideas, desires and values of the urban forest
- How to care for and maintain the existing urban forest
Purpose of the plan:
- Provide the community of Akwesasne with a clear understanding of the risks and potential consequences associated with the Emerald Ash Borer
- Present the tools and strategies available to respond and adapt to the presence of EAB
- Goals and objectives for the continuation of traditional Mohawk Basketry
- Existing options for preserving black ash resources
- Improve forest health to protect against future stress and invasive species, including emerald ash borer
- Reduce the density of ash and increase overall species diversity
- Initiate stand regeneration and restore native plant communities
- Improve forest resiliency to the effects of climate change
- Update forest inventory data
Additional information can be found at Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe: Forest Stand Improvements in Ash
Scope of report:
- Characterization of the forest in Akwesasne
- Results and inventory details of data collected
- Recommendations for future management options
- Timber values and volumes
- Utilization of forest resources
Purpose of the plan:
- Provide information to ensure the long-term health and viability of the forest resources in Akwesasne
- Establish minimum management standards and guidelines
- Offer specific natural resource management information
- Prioritize potential and future forest management options
- To provide a list of management options designed to address the diverse interests and priorities of the individual landowners within Akwesasne
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