For Immediate Release
April 10, 2009
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Brockport, NY—Volunteers from the Village of Brockport and The College at Brockport, State University of New York, joined forces for the Fourth Annual Arbor Day celebration and tree planting, Friday, April 24. The annual event has become a tradition of collaboration between the village and College, with volunteers turning out to make the day a tremendous success, while adding to the green space throughout the village. The day began at 10 am in Corbett Park. This year, the Village Tree Board decided to add to the lilacs in Corbett Park and replace several trees in Harvester Park.
The Tree Board contacted Ted Collins—Rochester’s “Doc Lilac”— of Lilac Hill Nursery in Victor, NY, for assistance in landscape design and selection of beautiful and unusual varieties of lilacs for planting. “With a long-term plan for lilac planting, in time, Brockport will have its own Highland Park of lilac fame,” said Margaret Blackman, professor of anthropology emerita and chair of the Village of Brockport Tree Board.
Arbor Day 2009 is a special celebration as the Village of Brockport has just been designated an official Tree City USA. To obtain this status, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, a community must: impanel a tree board, spend at least $2 per capita of municipal funds on trees, enact ordinances governing the care and maintenance of the municipality’s trees, have a comprehensive community forestry program, and host an annual Arbor Day commemoration. Brockport joins fellow area tree cities Brighton, Rochester, Greece and Fairport, NY.
Beyond the Arbor Day planting, Brockport’s Tree Board will continue its efforts to replace village street trees with spring and fall plantings. Residents who want a tree can request one by filling out a tree request form downloadable from the tree board Web site at http://treeboard. brockportny.org.
To help the village replace the more than 700 trees lost over the years, residents also can donate a tree for a street or park, or contribute toward the planting of one. Tree donation forms also are available at the same Web site. Or, for further information on Arbor Day events, tree requests and making a donation, contact Blackman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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