The City of Utica will be taking a closer look at all of the trees on City property in an effort to preserve and enhance natural resources.

The initiative stems from a $50,000 state grant from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Davey Resource Group will do a complete inventory of trees in the city and develop an urban forestry management plan.

They'll collect data including tree location, tree size, overall condition and vacant planting locations.

City staff will maintain and update the inventory.

“This initiative helps in a lot of ways and the bottom line is, it’s about cohesion, efficiency and being a good steward of our streetscape” Mayor Robert  Palmieri said. “We’re always looking for ways to become more efficient with the resources we have and provide the best possible product and the best possible City to the taxpayer.”