Trees planted in Oswego

About $25,000 has been donated to the Oswego Renaissance Association for the planting of 60 trees in highly visible sections of Oswego this month.

The money was donated by Novelis Oswego. The trees will be planted along the West Bridge Street corridor as part of the Oswego Renaissance Association’s revitalization work in the City of Oswego.

In addition to the donation, Novelis Oswego employees will be planting the trees alongside volunteers from the City of Oswego, the Oswego Tree Stewards, Trees for Vets, Oswego DPW,  SUNY students among others.

“Our Novelis colleagues around the globe will be committing time, energy and resources to their local communities during the company’s Month of Service in October,” said Chris Smith, Novelis Oswego plant manager.

“We are excited to work closely with Oswego Renaissance Association and other members of the community to help revitalize the area,” Smith said.

“Trees will be planted in high need, high visibility areas along the West Bridge Street corridor. They will provide a 200- year improvement in the visual impact, air cleansing, storm water handling capacity, reduction of the city ‘heat island’ effect, improvement in property value and the many social and tourism aspects of a solid tree canopy,” said Phil Mac Arthur; founder of the Oswego Tree Stewards.

“This is more than just planting trees,” said Oswego Rensaissance Association Director Paul Stewart explained. “This is also about reconnecting people and building community. This is a win-win for the community and all involved.”

The ORA promotes the “Healthy Neighborhood Approach” to neighborhood and community revitalization, which is a market-based approach that builds on strengths.

“There is that old saying; ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression.,’” said Steven Phillips, an ORA resident leader and coordinator for this project. “This project will improve the first and lasting impressions people get entering our city from the West allowing us to compete better for new residents and businesses.”

Stewart said the community is beginning a steady rebirth, with many places in neighborhoods and downtown coming alive.

“Many of our neighborhoods and business districts are beginning to demonstrate that our community is ‘invested’, it encourages additional new investment. The Tree Canopy Project will be a visual signal that our community is invested and continues to re-invest.”

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