- November 10, 2018
- 12:00 pm
- In front of the elementary school
This past spring, members of Freeville’s newly formed tree committee planted a single swamp white oak in Groton Avenue Park, near the dugout of the back ballfield. It was their initial effort in fulfillment of the terms of an Arbor Day Community Grant from the New York State Urban Forestry Council, and an auspicious start to what we expect will be a robust tree-planting program in the Village for years to come.
Now the committee is branching out onto our streets with an ambitious plan to plant 14 bare-root saplings (11 crabapples, a couple of red maples, and another swamp white oak) along Main St. and Railroad St. on the afternoon of Saturday, November 10th (rain date: Sunday the 11th). The group will assemble at noon in front of the elementary school, where committee chair Tom Cavataio will make brief remarks before the work gets underway.
Anyone interested in helping with the plantings is encouraged to join us. Shovels will be provided, but if you have one, please bring it along.
I’d like to thank all those who have been involved in the planning of this life-affirming, community-uniting endeavor, especially Tom, Justin DiMatteo, and Ithaca City Forester Jeanne Grace, who brought the NYSUFC grant opportunity to our attention back in January and has been immensely helpful with the logistics and permitting process for the current project. (Before joining us at noon on 11/10, Jeanne will help facilitate an even larger tree-planting event that morning in the Village of Dryden.)
Special thanks are due NYSEG forester Paul Paradine, who has followed up his donation of the tree in the park with the donation of the half-dozen trees that will be planted on Railroad St. this month.
We hope to see you on the 10th!
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