The city plans to undertake a tree replacement project soon at the Hon. Karen B. Johnson Library in Schenectady. Trees on Liberty Street will be replaced and restored through a partnership with ReTree Schenectady, LAndArt Studio and Native Landscaping and Tree Service.
The tree replacement project is funded by the Schenectady County Industrial Agency, a subsidiary of the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority. The project cost is estimated at $5,000.
“Selective removal and replanting will allow existing trees to thrive and provide time for young trees to get established.” said Betsy Henry of ReTree Schenectady, in a prepared statement. “While we don’t like to remove mature trees, we appreciate that the planting space is particularly challenging.”
In 1969, 17 honey locust trees were planted along Liberty Street. The trees have begun to compete for water, soil, and sunlight because of their size and the limited space there. Eight trees will be removed from the space while five new trees will be planted. This change is intended to create and sustain a better environment for all of the trees.
“Proactively replacing these trees gives those that remain a better chance to thrive while the new, younger trees mature,” said Peggy King, Schenectady County legislator and chairwoman of the Education and Libraries Committee. “Urban settings can be difficult areas for trees to grow and prosper.”
For more information, visit www.schenectadycounty.com.