Tonawanda News — “It was a very different experience for residents a few years ago to get a tree taken down or to file a complaint,” he said. “We tried to create a new system and streamline the process.”
That process now includes a four-man crew that Rowles said works full time to tend to the city’s trees, with approximately 200 taken down and about 60 planted each year, very often in residents front yards.
Many of the trees the city obtains have been free of charge through Re-Tree Western New York. Rowles said the city may have been able to obtain the “Tree City USA” designation several years ago, but not until he and the mayor began a push to organize the venture. After that, Rowles said, it was a matter of letting the city’s tree stock speak for itself.
“It’s a prestigious award,” he said. “And it’s another thing for residents to be proud of.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.