Fairport Tree Board
The Village of Fairport has received the Tree City USA designation each year since 2003. This award program has been established by the National Arbor Day Foundation to recognize cities, towns, and villages that develop and invest in comprehensive urban forestry programs.
In serving as “caretaker” for the more than 3,400 trees sited on Village property and right-of-ways, Fairport has met or exceeded the four required standards for the Tree City USA designation including:
• A legally constituted Tree Board;
• A Village tree ordinance;
• A comprehensive forestry program supported by a minimum investment of $2 per capita per year; and
• An Arbor Day proclamation by the Village Board and an Arbor Day observance.
The value of a community’s “investment” in its urban forest can be, and often is, taken for granted. According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, trees provide many benefits to a community including:
• Shade which provides savings on air conditioning costs, cools parking lots, and reduces fumes from engines and fuel tanks;
• Acting as a windbreak which can reduce fuel consumption and provide energy savings in winter;
• Reducing stormwater runoff and soil erosion;
• Filtering and reducing air pollutants;
• Providing a calming effect on vehicle traffic; and
• Increasing property values.
Fairport’s Tree Board is comprised of five volunteer members including Board Chair Kenneth G. Rohr, Kathy Clark, Pamela Kott, Maureen Merritt and Zakery Steele. The board, supported by the staff of the Village’s Public Works Department, prepares an annual Tree Plan, requests funding for the forestry program, and oversees caretaking efforts. The Tree Board generally meets quarterly, with all meetings being open to the public. The board's scheduled meetings are held the second Wednesday of the following months: March, June, September, and November at 7:00 P.M. and are in the Village Hall Board Room at 31 South Main Street. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Tree Board through the Village’s administrative offices.
Visit the Tree Board's Face Book page to learn more about events.