Local community groups bring trees back to Schenectady neighborhoods. YNN photographer John Stampf was there to capture some of the sights and sounds as ReTree Schenectady planted over 40 trees throughout the city.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Local community groups bring trees back to Schenectady neighborhoods.
ReTree Schenectady planted over 40 trees throughout the city. Twelve were planted in Mont Pleasant and Bellevue neighborhoods with the help of their neighborhood associations.
Volunteers and local businesses planted the remaining trees in other neighborhoods, including Northside, as well as at the Vale Cemetery. It's all part of an ongoing project to plant over 100 trees in neighborhoods that have experienced tree loss in recent years.
"On a community sense, we often feel like tree planting is the first step for civic engagement and for the City of Schenectady, that's very important because I think it's important for residents to realize that they can have some control over their neighborhood and they can contribute to their community and planting trees is a really easy first step," said Betsy Henry, ReTree Schenectady Leader.
ReTree volunteers also train residents in monitoring the health and progress of the trees.
The project is funded by the City of Schenectady, National Grid, NYSDEC and private donations.