A bare roots effort

Some parts of the village of Liverpool were starting to look empty.

But that changed Friday as crews took to the parks and streets, fighting cold wind and whipping rain, to bring beauty to the village in the form of tree plantings.

Trees that had been declared a loss and taken down throughout the year - approximately 15 this year, said Department of Public Works Superintendent Bill Asmus - were replaced with 20 trees of different species on Nov. 5.

"We don't take trees down just to take trees down," Asmus said. "We have a lot of trees in the village."

According to Asmus, there's a running list of trees in the community

The village works closely with Bartlett Tree Experts to identify problematic trees, like some silver maples found through the community, which are known for hiding a lot of damage, Asmus said.

The new trees were purchased at a reduced cost through a municipal bare roots tree buying program in cooperation with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.

"They've worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension for years now. We help coordinate municipal tree buys," said Annalena Davis, a community educator with Cornell Cooperative.

Along with representatives from the village DPW and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the tree planting was attended by tree stewards from Oswego County's Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The trees purchased for and planted throughout Liverpool include five different species. In Washington Park alone, four trees were planted.

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