Trees of the Nyacks Photo/Essay Winners…

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Photo by Ray Wright.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Trees of the Nyacks Photo Contest. The online map and gallery of photos and text was a success!

The three prizes for a the best combination of picture and story go to Ray Wright, Aniela Cohig, and Rachael Stewart. (We had wonderful entries from Tree Committee members and their familes as well as beautiful late entries that we weren’t eligible, but much appreciated.)  Many thanks to Chocolaterie, Gypsy Donut, and Art Cafe for donating gift cards!

Celebrate spring and Arbor Day!

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Celebrate spring and Arbor Day this Saturday morning at 11 in Memorial Park. Celebrate Nyack’s becoming a Tree City USA. and find out who won the Trees of the Nyacks Photo Contest. There will be leaf-shaped cookies for all, some fresh news about trees in the Nyacks, and a little history about Arbor Day. We’ll hand out three prizes to the top-ranked contest entries, raffle-off a copy of the Tree ID Guide from Cornell University’s Urban Horticulture Institute, and then walk over to the massive tulip tree at Grace’s Church to award it with a blue ribbon as the Local Champion Tree of the Year. Questions? Contact Marcy Denker sustainable.nyack@nyack-ny.gov​

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE TREE? SNAP IT AND MAP IT!

2015-arbor-day-flyer-imageIs there a tree in the Nyacks that means a lot to you? Share it with the community online for Arbor Day.

Nyack’s Tree Committee is hosting an online Arbor Day contest honoring local trees in pictures and words. Share a photo of a tree that you find especially grand or interesting to you in more personal way and describe why the tree is special in a brief statement.

Images and messages will be added to a photo gallery and tagged on a map on the Village of Nyack website. You can use a smart phone and send your photo right from the location, upload from a computer or even mail your entry. The photos from another season are eligible too. Visit the webpage http://nyack-ny.gov/trees for complete instructions to enter, and go to http://nyack-ny.gov/trees/results and watch the site as the gallery grows!

Come  see and hear the winning entries at an Arbor Day celebration in Nyack Memorial Park on April 25 at 11 a.m. at the stump of the old elm tree. Prizes from local business will be announced on the website in early April. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 20th.arbor day and prizes

Questions? Contact: sustainability.desk@nyack-ny.gov  

Sustainability Action Plan 2015-2016

Nyack has just released its Sustainable Nyack Action Plan 2015-2016.  Like many communities in the region, Nyack has taken the pledge to be a Climate Smart Community and this plan lays out steps for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. The plan also outlines actions for increasing recycling, managing the landscape better and growing support for sustainability throughout the community.

Sustainability Coordinator Marcy Denker worked with the mayor, staff and citizen volunteers, who contributed many hours over the course of a year to create  the plan. It’s a blueprint for working together to get things done. The project was funded in part by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Council. Take a look, and get involved!