Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive, recently joined representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, city of Rochester and Greater Rochester Arbor Day Committee for the 35th annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony in Highland Park.
This year’s tree planting was dedicated to the memory of Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth year.
“There’s no better way to commemorate Arbor Day in Monroe County than by planting this white oak, a symbol of peace, in recognition of the bicentennial anniversary of our hometown hero Frederick Douglass’ birth,” Dinolfo said. “From our gardens to our parks, Monroe County’s natural beauty supports our high quality of life and enhances our efforts to attract new jobs, employers and investment here. I thank the Arbor Day Committee and all of our partners for planting the seeds for a greener, cleaner and brighter future for families across our community.”
Two trees were planted at the ceremony: a white oak and an English walnut. The white oak tree is known as a symbol of peace.
Highland Park is home to over 2,000 different species of trees and shrubs. It recently received a Top 60 Parks designation by New York Upstate for its roots as a leader in arboretum preservation.
“The city of Rochester is proud to receive its 37th consecutive Tree City USA Award this year for our commitment to the environment and our urban forest,” Mayor Lovely Warren said. “We know the value of our Arbor Day Committee, along with the many arborists, nursery and landscape professionals and gardeners who keep our parks and neighborhoods vibrant. Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to reinforce the importance of protecting our city’s natural assets.”
At the event, 150 tree seedlings were provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension in conjunction with Meadowview Tree Farm and Nursery to expand the footprint of Arbor Day in the region. Dinolfo joins Cornell Cooperative Extension in encouraging residents to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day. Visit arborday.org for information.