Vil­lage cel­e­brates Ar­bor Day in De­cem­ber

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sarato­gian staff

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> The Vil­lage of Ballston Spa ap­plied for the des­ig­na­tion as a Tree City USA from the Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion and will be cel­e­brat­ing ‘Ar­bor Day in De­cem­ber’ to kick off the ac­tiv­i­ties of its new Park and Tree Ad­vi­sory Board.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in front of O’Brien Phar­macy, lo­cated at 4 Front St., where a new tree will be planted this com­ing spring.

The Park and Tree Ad­vi­sory Board will make rec­om­men­da­tions on trees and other plant­ings along the Vil­lage’s parks and streets. The five-mem­ber Board has rep­re­sen­ta­tives from five com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions: Ballston Spa Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion (BSBPA), Ro­tary, Lions Club, House and Gar­den Club and Saratoga County Cor­nell Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion (CCE).

The ap­pointed mem­bers are Stacy Sim­mons (BSBPA), Ray Ot­ten (Ro­tary), Ed Hersh (Lions), Judy Es­pos­ito (Gar­den Club) and Kristo­pher Wil­liams (CCE). The Board will be chaired by Vil­lage Trustee and Com­mis­sioner of Parks and Re­cre­ation, Liz Kor­mos.

Each of these or­ga­ni­za­tions has a long history of car­ing for and plant­ing trees, shrubs and flow­ers in the Vil­lage and will now come to­gether to beau­tify and main­tain the parks and street trees.

Trees and shrubs pro­vide long last­ing ben­e­fits to the Vil­lage not only in en­vi­ron­men­tal health, but also to re­duce flood­ing, pro­vide wildlife habi­tat, in­crease prop­erty val­ues, pro­vide shade for walk­ers and bi­cy­clists of all ages, and im­prove the qual­ity of life for all vil­lage res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to Mayor Larry Wool­bright “Trees add a lot to our streetscap­es. Un­for­tu­nately, some of the species planted in the past have cre­ated prob­lems with buck­ling side­walks that de­tract from our ‘strolling vil­lage’. It is our hope that the new fo­cus on trees will al­low us both to beau­tify the Vil­lage and take care of many of our side­walk prob­lems.”

In­for­ma­tion on trees will be pro­vided by Cor­nell Co­op­er­a­tive. Ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties on trees and shrubs and other plants will be sched­uled through­out the com­ing year in­clud­ing a Tree Walk to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on iden­ti­fy­ing and car­ing for trees, tree se­lec­tion, in­va­sive species and threats to our trees such as the emer­ald ash borer and oak wilt fun­gus.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with this ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers and the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to make Ballston Spa an even more at­trac­tive place to live, work and play,” said Kor­mos.

FRANCINE D. GRIN­NELL - MEDIANEWS GROUP

The Board will be chaired by Vil­lage Trustee and Com­mis­sioner of Parks and Re­cre­ation, Liz Kor­mos.

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