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Celebrate trees at Lake Placid’s Arbor Day event

May 4, 2017
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Yes, even here in the middle of the Adirondack Park - with millions of trees on state and private lands - trees are important to celebrate, and plant, here in the communities of the Olympic Region.

That's why the Lake Placid/North Elba Tree Board was established in 2000 and why the North Elba town board in 2008 passed a resolution giving the Tree Board official status, which allowed it to apply for recognition as a Tree City USA, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

North Elba/Lake Placid is one of about 3,400 communities in the U.S. listed as a Tree City.

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National Arbor Day is the last Friday of April every year, and that was last Friday, April 28. However, the Lake Placid/North Elba Tree Board sets its own schedule to celebrate trees in the community, and the board will hold its 16th annual Arbor Day event at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at the Lake Placid firehouse on Old Military Road.

On Feb. 22, former village Mayor Jamie Rogers was elected chairman of the Tree Board, replacing Bob Hanna and Tim Chick, who served as co-chairs since the board was founded. They will remain on the board along with the chairman and members Judy Shea, Denise Bujold, Butch Martin, Mike Farrell, Peter Kroha and Stephanie Battisti.

The Tree Board was established as a function of the 1997 Comprehensive Plan to conduct tree planting along state highways entering the village and town. Planting has also been done along Main St., in the village parks and at the elementary school. The trees have been purchased with funding from the village electric department, the town of North Elba and the New York Power Authority. The village highway department supplied the labor and equipment to carry out the planting.

The Tree Board has conducted Arbor Day programs for third grade students at the elementary school for 17 years that includes classroom instruction along with planting of tree seedlings on school grounds.

This year's Arbor Day celebration will include participation from local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, an Arbor Day proclamation, the Tree City Award recognition, a talk by Cornell's Uihlein Forest Sugarhouse Director Mike Farrell, the reading of an Arbor Day poem, the performance of John Denver's Arbor Day song, "Plant a Tree for Your Tomorrow," and the presentation of Arbor Day posters designed by Lake Placid Elementary School students. The ceremony will be followed by the annual tree plantings and free tree seedling distribution.

We encourage residents to visit the Lake Placid firehouse at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 and help celebrate Arbor Day with the Lake Placid/North Elba Tree Board. Their work is extremely important to our community.



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