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Cazenovia recognized for responsible tree management

National Grid awards $550 to village board, tree commission

Jim Maloney, left, and Brian Skinner, of National Grid’s Forestry Division, present Cazenovia Deputy Mayor and tree commissioner Amy Mann with a check for $550 through the company’s “10,000 Trees and Growing” program, Dec. 5.

Jim Maloney, left, and Brian Skinner, of National Grid’s Forestry Division, present Cazenovia Deputy Mayor and tree commissioner Amy Mann with a check for $550 through the company’s “10,000 Trees and Growing” program, Dec. 5. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “While we never like to lose trees, the condition of those trees could have resulted in a disastrous situation for homeowners in the area and also for the 200 residents serviced by those lines,” Mann said. “After much planning and education, the project was successfully completed and we are grateful to [National] Grid for their sensitivity and understanding in dealing with our residents.”

National Grid’s investment in the removal project totaled $29,000, a figure which would have greatly affected the village’s budget, Mann said.

Appreciative of the village’s preventative actions, the electric company representatives thanked the trustees and tree commission after presenting the check.

“This is a beneficial partnership between the village and the company that helps maintain and increase the tree canopy within the community, providing a multitude of benefits, while helping the company and consumers avoid future costs and potential outages,” Skinner said. “We applaud the committee for their efforts, planning and foresight on behalf of village residents, and I look forward to continuing to make future presentations such as this for further tree installations.”

Over the past year, the village has been moving towards being named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Currently, an application is being submitted to the organization, which provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for community forestry programs. If the foundation decides that Cazenovia successfully meets the four standards of a tree city, the village will become one of the 3,400 communities nationwide to attain the title.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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