Schenectady, NY (January 1, 2007)- ReTree Schenectady was founded in 1991 by concerned citizens of Schenectady, New York, motivated by the rising loss of trees in Schenectady to aging, disease, or injury. The City of Schenectady had (and continues to have) limited funds for maintaining its urban forest and discontinued its municipal tree planting program in the 1980s.
Since its founding, ReTree Schenectady has facilitated the planting of over 3,000 trees, trained volunteers to plant and maintain trees, participated in community events to educate the public regarding tree planting and care, and developed a Tree Master Plan for the City of Schenectady. ReTree Schenectady has worked closely with the City of Schenectady, particularly with the Parks Department, the Public Works Department, and the Department of Neighborhood Revitalization. Alliances with other local organizations such as Schenectady 2000, Union College, Schenectady High School, the Boy Scouts, several churches, the General Electric Elfuns (a service organization), and numerous neighborhood associations have helped tremendously.
The main focus of the organization for the past eight years has been bare-root tree planting on thoroughfares, in parks, and in neighborhoods. Bare-root trees are a cost effective means of planting trees in urban areas because tree and transportation costs are low, and planting can be done by volunteers.
Future goals include tree planting projects in every neighborhood to achieve full stocking of the city right-of-way and education of all city residents on the benefits of trees as well as the means to plant and care for them.
For more information, contact ReTree Schenectady.