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October 4, 2012

City asks for help with tree plan

The city of Oneonta is seeking property owners to participate in a plan to increase the tree canopy, according to a media release from the city clerk’s office.

The city Environmental Board conducted a survey of city trees and devised a four-year plan to add trees to lots that lack a sidewalk, or that have a tree median in front of the property where it is too narrow to plant. The board will also consider including properties where little or no tree canopy exists, according to the release.

The board plans to plant up to 31 eight- to 10-foot trees on front yards and lawns adjacent to sidewalks. Species under consideration include American beech, chestnut and elm; eastern hop hornbeam, butternut, littleleaf linden, London planetree and northern red oak. Homeowners will be asked to maintain and water the trees for the first two years.

City  homeowners interested in participating are asked to contact city clerk James Koury by mail at 258 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820; by email at cityinfo@oneonta.ny.us; or by phone at 432-6450.

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