SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with a National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA designation at Division Street School.
As part of the celebration, second-graders at the elementary school were treated to a presentation on how trees are planted. A tree was also scheduled to be planted on the grounds of the elementary school at a later date.
Tree City USA, which was founded by the Arbor Day Foundation, feted Saratoga Springs — along with 3,400 other communities that have made a commitment to sound urban forestry management — in July.
The city implemented its Urban and Community Forest Master Plan in May 2013 in an effort to maintain the urban forest, increase citizen involvement in projects that maintain or expand the urban forest and increase funding.
Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco said the city decided to make a presentation to second-graders at Division Street School to show them how trees are planted.
“Hopefully, they’ll walk away knowing the benefits of urban forests,” he said.