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Tree replanting planned in front of downtown Schenectady library

Honey locust trees planted in 1969 in front of the county library in downtown Schenectady are starting to compete for sunshine, soil and water. The city plans to remove eight trees and plant five new ones, to lessen the competition between trees.
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Honey locust trees planted in 1969 in front of the county library in downtown Schenectady are starting to compete for sunshine, soil and water. The city plans to remove eight trees and plant five new ones, to lessen the competition between trees.

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.

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4 Comments

DAVID GIACALONE

The headline should be about removing healthy trees on the ONLY block in Downtown Schenectady that offers shade for pedestrians. I was just there, and a crew is already starting to remove them, on a Saturday, with four trees in a row chopped down to their trunks at about 11 AM. (They are the trees with the most space between them.) How many trees are being removed?

Will the replacements be shade trees? The environmental benefits of trees are directly related to their size.

Truly Walkable Cities have shade trees for pedestrians. In Schenectady, we just throw shade (contempt) at our best trees.

BTW: Honey Locust trees have a life expectancy of 120 years.

I just know I’m not alone in being very excited to see the promised (and paid for) tree museum at the Rivers Casino!
Anyone know how that’s coming along?

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