Submitted by Jodi Bentley

2014 is the 33rd year that the village of Ellicottville has received the national honor of being named a Tree City USA. This award comes from the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To become a Tree City, Ellicottville has to meet four standards. We must have: 1. A village tree ordinance; 2. An Arbor Day observance; 3. A tree governing board; and 4. Maintain existing trees and planting of new trees.

The NY State official tree is the Sugar Maple, (Acer saccharum), and this spring Ellicottville will be planting 15 new recruits to complement an existing variety of deciduous trees.

Our living matriarchs are an effective way of making Ellicottville a very special place. Enjoy their beauty and respect their growing space.

Come Celebrate Arbor Day at Nannen Arboretum

This year, a public ceremony observing Arbor Day will take place on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. in the Nannen Arboretum, next to the Town Center building. A native Serviceberry tree, Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance,’ will be planted by the Nannen Arboretum Society. Members of the society will also conduct demonstrations about tree planting techniques and the benefits of this native tree. The Tree City USA flag will be raised by Village Tree Stewards Jodi and Marty Bentley. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony in the Town Center auditorium. All are welcome to attend this free event.