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Save the Rain program: Your Stories

Joanna lives in a part of the city that is benefiting from Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” urban forestry program. She asks: Whose job is it to care for the trees?
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Joanna lives in a part of the city that is benefiting from Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” urban forestry program. She says she’s received a pamphlet indicating the Parks and Recreation department will be responsible for watering and pruning the trees. But she also got care instructions on how to do these things herself. So, whose job is it, she wants to know?

Ideally, it’s hers said the city’s Arborist Stephen Harris. The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth programs is asking homeowners to care for their trees – among 500 to be planted this fall – if possible.

Harris says this is the most efficient and effective way to ensure that the trees thrive.

Where property owners, renders and local stakeholders cannot, follow-up care will be provided.

People interested in getting a tree through the Save the Rain program or those seeking more information on the program may contact Brenda Bennett at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County at at (315) 424-9485 x230 or email bmb255@cornell.edu.

Workshops on follow-up care will be provided in the spring.

Got a question for the Your Stories team? Call 446-9900 or email YourStories@9WSYR.com.

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