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Amherst wants to inventory 65,000 trees, seeks state grant

The locations and varieties of more than 65,000 trees along Amherst's streets have never been comprehensively identified, town officials say.

So the town is seeking a state grant of up to $75,000 to conduct its first tree inventory. An inventory is especially important now because many new trees and varieties have been planted since the October 2006 surprise ice storm and arrival of the emerald ash borer, officials said.

The town is seeking a grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program.

The Village of Lancaster last month also announced it is seeking a grant through the state DEC program for its first tree inventory. More than 60 percent of the village's trees were damaged in the 2006 ice storm. More than 10 years later, that storm left many trees unable to grow properly, according to village officials.

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