This Friday on Arbor Day, Troy neighbors and students will join together to plant trees along Adams Street, on a section between First and Second streets that is nearly bereft of trees.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lynn Kopka 518-274-6434

Neighbors Re-Tree Troy Street For Arbor Day, April 25

Friends of Washington Park, Students to Plant Trees on Adams Street

TROY, N.Y. (04/22/14) — This Friday on Arbor Day, Troy neighbors and students will join together to plant trees along Adams Street, on a section between First and Second streets that is nearly bereft of trees.

Rendering: Adams Street After Tree Planting (North Side)At 2 p.m., April 25, more than 40 seventh grade honor students from Troy Middle School will join Friends of Washington Park in Troy to plant trees on the north side of Adams Street, one block from the park. Urban Forestry education will be an important component of this tree-planting project.

“City trees have a long list of benefits, from aesthetics to cooling effects to increased property values,” said Lynn Kopka, president of the Washington Park Association. “Right now, Adams Street is a heat island where the sun glares off brick and concrete. We want to teach the participating students that trees are just as important in the city as they are in the forest.”

Friends of Washington Park obtained $1,000 from National Grid to fund the planting. Located between Troy’s historic downtown and the South Troy neighborhood, Washington Park is distinguished by the presence of stately Maple and Cottonwood, as well as smaller specimens like Flowering Cherry and Eastern Redbud.

The trees to be planted Friday are Serviceberry, a native, small, flowering tree that develops berries favored by birds. The tree species was selected for its size, beauty and wildlife value following National Grid’s guidelines for planting the “right tree for the right place.” National Grid’s publication, “How to Avoid Tree & Utility Conflicts When Selecting and Planting Trees,” provides guidance on balancing the benefits and beauty of trees with reliable electric service.

“Maintaining the environment is an important part of National Grid’s stewardship and commitment to the communities that we serve,” said National Grid Manager of Community & Customer Management Michael DiAcetis. “National Grid is proud to support the Friends of Washington Park and their efforts to plant trees for this Arbor Day celebration. The students will learn a hands-on lesson on the importance of planting and maintaining trees in urban settings and the trees will help combat the effects of carbon emissions and enhance the beauty and significance of this neighborhood for generations.”

Troy Councilman Gary Galuski secured assistance from the city’s Department of Public Utilities for the event. Students will accompanied by their science teachers Celine Boule and Paul Dunleavy.

“The tree is a symbol of life,” said Boule. “By inviting our students to see and participate in the planting of trees along our city streets, we are giving them the opportunity to be a part of the revitalization of our community while learning about the role that nature plays in it.”


The following are some statistics, provided by the Arbor Day Foundation, on just how important trees are in a community setting.

“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” –U.S. Department of Agriculture

“A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” — Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

“In one study, 83 percent of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98 percent.” — Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests

“Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent” and “There are about 60 million to 200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs.” — National Wildlife Federation

“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 percent in energy used for heating.” — USDA Forest Service

“Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.” — The Arbor Day Foundation

“Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value.” — USDA Forest Service

“The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.” — USDA Forest Service

“In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” — Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University

“Nationally, the 60 million street trees have an average value of $525 per tree.” — Management Information Services


The Washington Park neighborhood is modeled after the private residential green squares of 19th Century London. It is often compared to New York City’s famous Gramercy Park. Washington Park and Gramercy Park are the only two privately owned and maintained parks of their kind in the state.


For renderings of where the trees will be planted on Adams Street, visit:

For information, contact: Lynn Kopka at 518-274-6434 or