I am pleased to report that I traveled to Albany on March 29 to accept the “Tree City USA” designation for the village of Cazenovia.
This award is the culmination of several years of work by the volunteer Cazenovia Tree Commission and the village board — and I accepted with great pride.
Six new “Tree Cities” across New York state were accepted for their work in 2011 (Bergen, Cazenovia, Dewitt, Huntington, Tonawanda and Yorktown.)
We join 105 other re-certifying New York Tree Cities, among them many neighbors in DEC Region 7 — Fayetteville, Manlius, Skaneateles, Ithaca, Oneida and Syracuse, just to name a few. Nationwide, there are 3,400 Tree Cities.
The awards ceremony consisted of a program of speakers addressing a variety of urban forestry topics, including strategies for maximizing the benefits of plantings in our communities, the importance of site and species selection, as well as updates on threats such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorn beetle.
All new Tree Cities were presented with a plaque by DEC State Forester and Head of Lands and Forests Robert Davies.
In addition, we received two street signs and a flag, which will be unveiled at the upcoming Arbor Day ceremony on April 21 and then installed to display our Tree City status.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. It provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs.
The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image and citizen pride. In addition, Tree Cities can be given preference over other communities when allocations of grant money are made for trees or forestry programs. By becoming a Tree City, a community demonstrates foresight and commitment, which makes it a more desirable recipient of these funds.