continued “Most of these large maples probably date from the mid-nineteenth century as part of a concerted community improvement effort at that time. So about 160 to 175 years is probably about right,” said Village Historic Preservation Chair Ted Bartlett. “It is sad to see the demise of these venerable members of Cazenovia history, but they, like people, go through a life cycle. What is additionally unfortunate, is that the village, until the past 10 years or so, has not had an aggressive tree care and replacement plan in place. Thus all the holes in the village’s historic tree canopy are all the more impacted when some of the large old seniors have to come down.”
The village works alongside the Cazenovia Tree Commission — a group of resident community volunteers which was formed in 2007 — with hopes of continuously maintaining the historic tree canopy, but it has proved difficult as the foresight did not exist decades ago when many trees were being planted. The group often gathers to plant saplings during the warmer months and plan the strategic maintenance of older trees in the area.
Last year, a number of historic trees along Lincklaen Street began to pose safety risks to residents and pedestrians and were taken down; but because of the efforts of the CTC, Cazenovia was officially recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Mann said she plans to reapply for the designation in 2013.
Although the viewshed of Cannon Park may be a bit more barren this winter than that of years past, residents can all partake in the planting of saplings in 2013, and share in a part of history that will be remembered for years to come.
Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext.338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.