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Cazenovia: Tree City

Editorial

At the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, Deputy Mayor Amy Mann accepted a check for $550 from National Grid and updated citizens on the progress for the village’s application to become a “Tree City USA.”

We at the Cazenovia Republican wish to applaud the efforts of Mann, the village board and the entire population of Cazenovia.

While water is one of Planet Earth’s most valuable resources, we believe trees belong at the top of the list as well. Aside from offering picturesque views, shelter from inclement weather and shade from the blistering sun, trees convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and ensure our survival by supplying the air in our lungs.

When the 11 sugar maples along Linklaen Street were removed earlier this year, residents of the street, village and town had quite a bit to say.

Yes, many of the trees were more than 100 years old and offered a certain antique-like atmosphere to the historic street.

And yes, the removal process was loud and long.

However, we feel the village made the right decision in allowing the trees to be taken down. And so did National Grid. The $550 given to the village was made available through the electric company’s 10,000 Trees and Growing program, which awards municipalities for the responsible management of trees.

Many of the sugar maples had grown dangerously close to power lines and threatened to disconnect electricity to more than 200 residents’ homes with each large storm.

Beneath the surface, the trees’ root systems had begun to affect the sidewalks and the safety of pedestrians who used them regularly.

We also consider the removal effort a success because of the immediate replanting of 11 new trees. The holes left behind by the removal of the enormous sugar maples were quickly refilled with new species of trees, which will grow in time, but not tall enough to affect the power lines above.

We thank the Village Tree Commission for making the hard decisions, and wish them luck in the Arbor Day Foundation’s review of Cazenovia’s application to become a “Tree City USA.”

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