North Syracuse hosts 22nd Arbor Day celebration

Also on hand for the celebration were historians Robert Henry and Tom Howard.

Henry said that it was "important to create public awareness for tree value and distinction in the community."

"Community forest work is ongoing and it compliments the Arbor Day activities," Henry said.

Howard spoke of two Historical Oak Groves. One is the Wizard of Oz Memorial Oak Grove covering about seven acres behind the North Syracuse Junior High School's running track.

This grove contains some of the largest and oldest trees in Onondaga County, Howard said. The other is called the Cemetery Oak Grove.

"Some of these trees are over 200 years old," Howard said. "It's extremely unusual that this or any other area would have two Oak Forests."

As the celebration drew to a close, Fergerson said she talked with folks in the village as to which trees to plant at the Lee Terrace Entrance of Heritage Park.

Commonly called the Weeping Higan Cherry, this tree is capable of producing a "glorious white blossom" with a full height of 8 to 15 feet and a spread of more than six feet.

Each year, during the month of April, tree blooming trees will commemorate Arbor Day in the village, Fergerson said.

Attached photo by Barb Ackerman-Rachetta, pictured next to the Heritage Park sign are (sitting) Bob and Shannon Henry, from left, (standing) Village Trustee Fred Fergerson, Matt Swayzee,Pat Fergerson,Tom Howard; back, Gary Wilmer, Phyllis Ilnitzki, Mayor Diane Browning, Vera DeSimone, and Lee Turner.

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