Weekly Feature

2018-04-11 / Editorial

Trees, plants create vibrant communities

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Many people have been dreaming about the color green, as spring has had a slow start so far. But, there are ways to get involved outside later this month when the weather hopefully brings more sun rather than showers or snow.

In April, Earth Day gatherings will not only bring together students for environmental projects, but also residents will don gloves and long-sleeved shirts to clean up their communities.

Trees in the community have been planted by a neighbor or a friend, and it reminds us to take a moment to think of the hands-on work we can do to keep our planet cleaner and help fight climate change.

At Monday’s Tonawanda Town Board meeting, a resident expressed her concern about trees that are cut down and how long it may take to replace them, which could be up to three years. The resident expressed how she believes this is unacceptable and how trees help the aesthetic of a yard and are also beneficial for the environment.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.

The “Big Kenmore Cleanup,” for all ages, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Village Green, where Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road meet. Volunteers will be picking up trash and cigarette butts and sweeping streets. Trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided.

Participants will also be weeding all of the Delaware Avenue gardens and municipal parking lot gardens. For more information, visit www.villageofkenmore.com.

The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the third annual “Earth Day Cleanup” on Saturday, April 21. The cleanup will focus on picking up debris along the Rails to Trails Path, Lincoln Park and surrounding neighborhoods, in addition to planting tree seedlings and wildflower seeds. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.ttypr.com.

The City of North Tonawanda will also be participating in a Canal Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 21. The mayor’s office and Waterfront Commission are seeking volunteer groups and individuals to meet at the large pavilion at Mayor’s Park on Sweeney Street for the cleanup efforts, which are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

If you are interested in keeping a vibrant neighborhood and promoting greenery, be sure to volunteer for an Arbor Day event, as you can share your passion with others who care as well.

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