The village of North Syracuse was honored as a Tree City for the 22nd year in a row by the National Arbor Day Foundation during the village's annual Arbor Day celebration on April 29.
The event, which took place at the entrance of Toll Road Park, consisted of an Arbor Day proclamation read by Mayor Diane Browning, a Tree City presentation by the Department of Environmental Conservation Forester John Graham, and music by Lee Turner, music teacher at Gilette Road Middle School. This year's Arbor Day tree, a Redbud Crabapple, was also unveiled.
The tree was planted on the property of Garry's Auto Parts on Route 11, owned by Garry Buchanan, by the village's Department of Public Works and will be cared for by the village, said Pat Fergerson, event coordinator.
To become a Tree City, the community must have a tree committee (the North Syracuse village tree board); spend $1 per capita on trees and tree upkeep; have a tree protection ordinance; and host an Arbor Day celebration, explained Graham. There are currently less than 100 villages, cities and towns within New York State than don the title Tree City. Other local communities with the title include the village of Fayetteville and the town of Manlius.