Village 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.

Village Tree Board Members:
  • Matthew Brown, Chair
  • Jane DeMeis
  • William Maier 
  • Monica Phillips-Reagan
  • Natasha Besch-Turner 
  • Zakery Steele (Alternate Member)

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.

Congratulations to Brad and Amanda Allen of Fairport, who are the winners of the 2020 Fairport Tree Scavenger Hunt. Over 140 people participated in this event. A tree was planted on Parce Ave in the Allen’s honor. The tree will be maintained by the Village.

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Brad and Amanda Allen
The Scavenger Hunt was made up of 14 trees scattered in a mile radius around Potter Place.  On each tree was card with information about the tree and a secret letter for the scavenger hunt puzzle. The challenge was to collect all the letters, unscramble them, and later use them to solve a riddle. Contestants then submitted their solutions via regular mail or online to receive an official “Scavenger Hunt Finisher” certificate and have their name entered into a drawing for the grand prize: having a tree planted in the village in their honor.
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Card on one of the 14 trees on the Fairport Tree Scavenger Hunt

“I wanted to let you know what a fun time my sisters and I had this afternoon finding all the trees in the scavenger hunt. We were impressed with the details about each of the trees. Please extend my thanks for a job well done to those who coordinated this fun "COVID relief" activity.”

“This was a fun and educational project!”

 “This was a fun family activity. Thanks for organizing. The tree facts were interesting.”

This was the first time the Fairport Tree Board held this activity.  We were excited to see so many people enjoy the Scavenger Hunt and learn about the wonderful street trees we have here in Fairport, NY. We plan to try it again next summer, with some improvements and new featured trees to keep it fresh.

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Deputy Mayor Matt Brown and Bill Maier congratulate the Allens on their winning the 2020 Fairport Tree Scavenger Hunt

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Tree  Board Opening