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Mayor Ryan Announces Nearly 200 New Trees Will Be Planted By the End of the Year

From the Office of Mayor Ryan:

Mayor Ryan announced the City will be planting nearly 200 new trees throughout the City by the end of this year. The 200 new trees were made possible by the City’s street tree program and a donation from NASCAR.

“Over the last few weeks, we have planted over 90 trees, and we will be continuing this progress by planting over 100 more over the next three weeks,” said Mayor Matt Ryan. “This investment in our neighborhoods will help increase property values, while also reaffirming our commitment to making our City healthier, cleaner, and greener.”

Back in September, the City of Binghamton announced an initiative to plant over 100 new street trees throughout the City. The Parks and Recreation Department encouraged residents interested having a tree planted in the utility strip in front of their property, to fill out a Street Tree Request Form. After receiving an overwhelming amount of requests, the City has begun planting those trees, and plantings will continue throughout the next three weeks.

“Our goal is to continue on this pace for several years, while also continuing to increase plantings in all our city parks,” said Bill Barber, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We are committed to this goal so we can provide our residents the with the greenest City possible.”

Mayor Ryan also announced that over 90 trees have been planted in our City Parks this month as a result of a donation by NASCAR earlier this summer. The donation was part of NASCAR’s green initiative, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, which is committed to planting more than 8,000 trees in 2013.

"Few things speak more positively about a community's livability than street trees,” said Dick Andrus, member of the Shade Tree Commission. “The City's ability to plant substantial numbers of trees in recent years will pay off well in the future."

For more information on the City’s Street Tree Program, please contact the Parks Department at (607) 772-7017, or parks@cityofbinghamton.com, or visit the City’s Urban Forestry Initiative page.
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