Tree Stewardship

The Irvington Woods

Irvington is lucky to be have the Irvington Woods, home to the O’Hara Nature Center with educational programming and demonstration gardens, the Peter K. Oley Trail Network with 40 acres of trails, and the Irvington Reservoir. Learn more at

For an overview of O'Hara Nature Center Activities (2022 - 2023) click here

The Parks Department's CJ Reilly has led numerous significant stewardship projects in the Irvington Woods and O'Hara Nature Center including: 

Tree Preservation Commission

The village Tree Commission has been established to protect and preserve trees within the Village, whether municipal, commercial or residential, and to ensure review, regulation and inspection of any activity affecting trees that might adversely affect the health, safety and general welfare of the community. 

The activities of the Tree Commission through review and approval of tree permits, outlining municipal tree policies and providing tree education, help the village and its residents to better serve as stewards of our air, water, land and living resources. It is our joint obligation to protect the environment for the use of this and future generations.

Tree City USA

Irvington is a designated Tree City, meeting standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation such as having a Tree Preservation Commission and establishing Tree Care Ordinances and a tree planting program and budget. The committee also offers  tree care guidance.  Learn more about Tree Cities here.

Trees for Tribs

Over the years the Village of Irvington has participated in the NYS DEC's Trees for Tribs program, which has supplied bare-root trees and shrubs which have been planted in several places in the Irvington Woods, including above the reservoir. The Trees for Tribs program's goal "is to plant trees and shrubs along streams to create a forested riparian (streamside) buffer that helps decrease erosion, reduce flooding damage, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality."

Learn more with the DEC NY here.

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