The town of Niskayuna held its 4th annual Arbor Day event on Sat., April 27 in Blatnick Town Park. The event included several booths and activities such as: an art contest with the local schools; pollinator garden and monarch butterfly habitat information; invasive species information on the emerald ash borer, woolly adelgid, and oak wilt; The Nature Conservancy and local Lisha Kill Preserve trail plan updates; National Grid with information on trees and pollinators that work well under power lines; and craft activities for children led by local Girl Scouts.
Niskayuna’s Town Supervisor, Yasmine Syed, spoke and helped plant a Tupelo tree in honor of Arbor Day.
In addition, 100 trees were handed out to local residents. These included red maples, common lilac, highbush cranberry, paw paw, raspberry bushes, balsam fir, arborvitae, and eastern redbud.
Town Planner, Laura Robertson, organized the event with the help of the Tree Council. In spite of the very windy weather, the Tree Council was extremely pleased with the turnout for this year’s event and participation by the local residents.