Tree Planting Celebration to Take Place November 21 in Beacon

Part of Clearwater’s Community-Building Urban Forestry Program

BEACON, NY –  The public is invited to join Clearwater and Urban Forestry Project partners to celebrate the recent installment of 7 trees, including 4 Zelkova Serrata, “Village Green”, and 3 “Horse-chestnuts” at the Corner of DeWindt and South Elm Streets in Beacon.  The community celebration and ceremony to welcome the new trees is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21 at 1:00 PM.  Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Bradford Barclay, Director of the Dutchess County Department of Public Works, and other city officials will speak at the celebration and emphasize the importance of municipal sustainability projects. Richard DiSanza, project arborist, will provide training to the community volunteers to care for the trees during the winter.

WHAT: Community Urban Forestry Celebration and Forestry Training for Volunteers

WHO: The Beacon community and Urban Forestry Project partners City of Beacon; Hank Leake Nursery and Landscaping, Sargent Downing Garden and Nursery and Richie Cabo, Shabazz Jackson and Greenway Environmental Services, and Dutchess County Department of Public Works.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 21, 1:00 PM

WHERE: Corner of DeWindt and South Elm Streets, Behind the Dutchess County DMV Building, Beacon, NY

At the event, Richard DiSanza, project arborist, will provide training for community volunteers who will care for the trees during the winter. Shabazz Jackson of Greenway Environmental Services will give a talk on soil properties. Hollis Bogdanffy, a DeWindt Street resident, will also be recognized as a community pioneer, and Tony Moon Hawk will perform an Algonquin ritual at the ceremony.

The project will help to manage stormwater runoff and address current water accumulation issues. The new plantings will also beautify the area and provide an aesthetic improvement by blocking the view of the parking lot from adjacent homes. The trees will also provide shade on a street that currently lacks cover and help lower temperatures in adjacent areas during the warmer months.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Urban and Community Forestry Grant was awarded by NYS Department of Conservation and is now being implemented along with support of multiple partners and  the Department of Public Works of Dutchess County and community members.  This urban forestry project was approved by City of Beacon Council and Dutchess County and is an example of community collaboration that fosters participation around green sustainable initiatives.

For more information about this event and the Urban Forestry Program, contact Karla Raimundi, Clearwater Environmental Justice Associate, at 845 265-8080, ext. 7159, or Karla@Clearwater.org.

For more information about this event and the Urban Forestry Program, contact Karla Raimundi, Clearwater Environmental Justice Associate, at 845 265-8080, ext. 7159, or Karla@Clearwater.org

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