Village to plant memorial tree
By Willie Kiernan
While Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated on the last Friday of April, it will come a bit early to Cazenovia this year. The public is invited to attend a tree planting ceremony in Memorial Park, formerly Cannon Park., at 10 a.m. Saturday April 19. The Tree Commission has chosen this date to highlight its efforts since its inception.
"The Tree Commission recognizes the importance of planting a diverse population of trees in appropriate areas along our streets and in our parks using proper installation techniques," said Cazenovia Village Trustee Thomas Tait.
The Tree Commission, a committee recently established by Tait, has been meeting monthly since last fall. Comprised of a multi-generation band of residents, these volunteers have been involved with everything from performing proper root collar excavations to investigating the best resources for a complete inventory of village street trees.
"The exciting part about this group is that it is comprised of novices as well as those in related professions and academia; each sharing a common love for trees and nature," Tait said.
A charter drafted by Tree Commission member Anne Beckwith Ferguson lists eight objectives designed to preserve, protect, and enhance one of Cazenovia's most important assets -- its trees. This charter was formally adopted at the April 7 meeting of the Cazenovia Village Board.
"In addition, we are committed to care for the younger trees in our village that have been improperly installed or that suffer from cultural defects," Tait said. "Finally, we are pleased to announce that this commission, now with more than 20 members, will sponsor educational seminars and hands-on training sessions on such issues as species and site selection for new trees, pruning, planting, mulching and other relevant topics."
Saturday's tree planting ceremony will provide attendees the opportunity to learn information about proper planting techniques, choosing appropriate species for particular locations, planting depth, maintenance, etc. The tree that will be installed in Memorial Park was purchased and donated by Tait in loving memory of his mother, Peggy H. Tait.
Tree Commission members will be on hand to discuss upcoming opportunities for community involvement.