Town Of Richmond
 Project Information: Sandy Bottom Forest Management 

Project Information: Sandy Bottom Forest Management


Beginning February 25, 2019 the Nature Trail at Sandy Bottom Beach and off East Lake Road will be closed until further notice to allow for the removal of trees affected by the emerald ash borer. THE PUBLIC MUST STAY OFFSITE WHILE FORESTRY EQUIPMENT IS WORKING. Work may be intermittent dependent on weather and contractor schedules, and is anticipated to take 2-6 weeks. Please look for and follow any park closure signs posted for your safety.




Multi-Year Forest Management Program at Sandy Bottom Park

February 19, 2019 - Due to an ash borer beetle infestation, the Town of Richmond has embarked on a multi-year forestry management program within Sandy Bottom Park. Ash trees that pose a risk to the walking public and park infrastructure are being removed and sent to salvage sale. This logging operation is weather dependent, and may take up to six weeks.

Logging can be a messy operation, and community members should be aware that restoring the forest will be an ongoing process for at least the next three years. With the support of Richmond’s Parks and Recreation Committee and Friends of Sandy Bottom Park, the Town has secured a Trees for Tributaries Grant to replant Sandy Bottom Park with native species. Planned planting dates are:

Arbor Day: April 26, 2019

Love Your Park Day: May 4, 2019

National Trails Day: June 1, 2019

Make a Difference Day: October 26, 2019

The forest is being managed in accordance with a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Stewardship Plan for Sandy Bottom Park. Following a Forest Stewardship Plan has multiple added benefits for optimizing forest health, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetics within Sandy Bottom Park.

It is the desire of the Town of Richmond to keep Sandy Bottom Park safe for its residents and visitors, and to protect existing park infrastructure. To get the latest park updates and forthcoming information on volunteer opportunities, including tree replanting days, follow Town of Richmond and Friends of Sandy Bottom Park on Facebook.


 In the News

Read more about work underway at Sandy Bottom, and management of trees affected by the emerald ash borer.


Messenger Post: Big Move Afoot to Save Honeoye Park
Watertown Daily Times: Emerald Ash Borer Threat is Real
 Democrat & Chronicle: Dead Ash Trees are a Growing Hazard
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Emerald Ash Borer