Volunteers Steve Londner and Dave Hutchison work together planting a sapling in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tributaries” initiative which planted 80 small trees and shrubs along the S-curve near Oneonta Hugh School this morning. Founded in 2007, the goal of the program is to plant young trees and shrubs along stream corridors to prevent erosion, increase flood water retention, improve wildlife and stream habitat, and protect water quality A small group worked digging holes and planting80 young trees and shrubs that included Sycamore, Birch, Elderberry, and Dogwood. At right, Laura Grant, Upper Susquehanna Coalition, demonstrates how to place a protective sleeve over the trees to protect it from animals. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DECEMBER MEETING • COOPERSTOWN TRUSTEES
By PATRICK WAGER • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – As many as 30 new trees a year could be planted in Cooperstown starting in 2020, according to Village Trustee Cindy Falk.
“Right now we’re planting about a half a dozen trees a year,” she said.
The Davey Resource Group of Kent, Ohio, just released a survey of the village’s 1,897 trees, with a proposed maintenance schedule of removals and plantings.
Family and friends of those who have passed away gathered at Catskill Area Hospice in Oneonta this afternoon to remember loved ones whose names were written on ornaments decorating trees along River Street Extension as part of the annual Tree of Lights event. Above, Joan Shackleton, Oneonta, shows her granddaughter Allie Bruno, Albany, the ornament bearing the name of late husband Raymond Shackleton. At right, Sharon Wheeler, Oneonta, takes a photo of the ornament bearing the name of her late husband Rev. Jim Wheeler, who passed in 2015. Following remarks by President/CEO Dan Ayers, Hospice Chaplain Bruce Helstrom, board chair Connie Jastremski and others, the trees were lit as the crowd sang “Peace on Earth.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Final Push On Coop Sidewalks
Maples, Locusts, Elms, Lilacs
Among Trees Going Downtown
By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com
COOPERSTOWN – Norwegian sunset maples. Skyline honey locusts. Harvest gold lindens. Homestead elms. Emerald sunshine elms. Ivory silk lilacs.
These enticingly named trees will be planted along the north side of Main Street in late October and early November, according to Jim Kisker of Schichtel’s Nursery in Springville, near Buffalo.
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“These are types of trees that historically are planted in sidewalk cutouts in urban areas successfully,” he said. “You can see many that are successful in cities, towns and villages.”
The trees were selected in collaboration with Trustee Cindy Falk, who as chair of the Streets Committee has been overseeing the sidewalk project, and the village’s Tree Committee, chaired by Ruth Ayres.