Dogwood tree at Main and Park

ABC has been interested in the benefits of trees for nearly 15 years (since its inception).  That interest has been exhibited in a variety of ways.

White Dogwood, fall color

One of our earliest undertakings was the planting of white dogwoods (cornus florida) in the Village of Albion as part of a collaboration between ACS and our volunteers.  Students did much of the planting of 55 dogwoods around the Village. Many continue to grace Albion’s downtown churches.  When watering was needed, students needing community service as young as 15, and even adults over 75, responded. Additional dogwood planting is in the works.

ACS dogwood planted by students

About ten years ago, we lobbied a former mayor on behalf of two magnificent sugar maples on West Bank, after consulting with Dave Reville from Cooperative Extension and four people with construction expertise about the necessity of their costly removal.

Our volunteers planted and watered numerous purchased and donated trees at what was then the County Nursing Home. These included the white oaks, such as the one near the main visitor entrance.  We recently pruned it and may prune the others as well.

Some red oaks were planted–and continue to be cared for–on streets such as West Bank and West Park.  ABC has periodically offered to plant trees for Village residents at no cost to them.  One black maple graces the back yard of an elderly resident on Clarendon Street.

Beech tree at Liberty and Beaver

The landmark, venerable, beech near the corner of Liberty and Beaver Streets was pruned several years ago using the expertise and efforts of volunteer arborists.  ABC has contacted its owner, Cooper Jackson, of Mexico, New York, regarding our interest in this landmark tree.  We intend to petition its new owners, De Paul, to preserve it, and one of our members has already done so. A massive Austrian Pine that once stood across from the entrance to Tops on West Avenue was similarly pruned with the assistance of a bucket truck donated by a local business. Unfortunately, that tree was removed two years after the work was completed.

In late Fall, 2016, we enlisted a professional arborist to take down a large, nearly dead, horse chestnut in the heart of downtown at no cost to the property owner.  Its mate was pruned to remove a handful of dead limbs.

Chestnut tree being trimmed by Greg Rosato, owner of Oak Orchard Tree Service

In mid-February, 2017 we invited Garrett Koplun, D.E.C. Region 8 Forester, to tour Albion to make recommendations and meet with Village of Albion D.P.W. Superintendent Todd Sargent to discuss various options and grant opportunities.

White dogwood, spring flowers

In response to a request from the Village of Albion’s grant writer, we wrote a letter of support for two State grants being pursued in the spring of 2017.

Should we succeed in getting a tree committee created, we plan to assist the Village in increased prioritization of trees in Albion.

Dogwood trees being planted next to the County Clerks Building by the Albion Betterment Committee, Christina Pittman, John Stageman, Chris Keller (teacher)