Sullivan County residents interested in caring about public trees are invited to join the new "Tree Keepers" organization for the next meeting on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the CVI Center in Liberty.
The group is planning its first community project in October to assist with maintenance of the street trees on Broadway in Monticello.
The organization is also developing a tree census form to inventory trees in other communities. And it is developing an action plan that is reasonable and supports individual efforts in each of communities represented.
Registration is request. Refreshments will be served. To attend this meeting, please contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.
This initiative is being sponsored initially by Sullivan Renaissance, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Sullivan County and individuals concerned about protecting public and private trees.
As part of this effort, CCE has held two sets of "Tree Steward" classes in August and September. Each two-day training included eighth hours of hands-on instruction on how to identify, plant and care for trees, followed by ten hours of community service.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by national, state and county governments-that helps New York residents put research-based knowledge to work. For information visit http://blogs.cce.cornell.edu/sullivan/ or call 845-292-6180.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. For information, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.