Community Tree Planting Event

September 19, 2022

The Town of Ithaca will be hosting a community tree planting event on Saturday, October 1st from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at the East Ithaca Nature Preserve.  Residents and community groups are encouraged to attend the event.  The event begins at 9:30 am with a planting demonstration at the Shirley A. Raffensperger Gazebo, near the corner of Park Lane and Joanne Drive. 

Highlighting the event will be the planting of up to 100 native trees including Sugar Maple, Red Maple, American Sycamore, Swamp White Oak, White Pine, and Bitternut Hickory. The trees will be small seedlings protected by tree tubes and will help to establish new native trees in this preserve that is losing most of the existing White Ash trees to Emerald Ash Borer.  The trees will also sequester carbon, supporting the Town’s Green New Deal goal of an equitable transition to carbon neutrality Town-wide by 2030.

Please dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.  Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel, hammer, and work gloves, if available. 

Additionally, the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board has purchased a limited number of native shrubs which will be distributed to several event volunteers to take home and plant.

RSVP’s are appreciated at planning@town.ithaca.ny.us. For more information, contact Michael Smith at msmith@town.ithaca.ny.us or 607-273-1747.

Come out and help plant some trees and enjoy your local preserve!