ReLeaf Syracuse is the City’s new initiative to develop a plan for the future of the City’s trees and to sustain the partnerships to work the plan into reality. The initiative is led by Syracuse Parks Department, Onondaga Earth Corps and a steering committee representing community organizations, business and government agencies.

It’s been 20 years since the devastating Labor Day Storm that toppled thousands of trees across Syracuse (on public and private land). Despite efforts to bring back trees that were lost, Syracuse’s tree canopy cover of 27% has remained relatively unchanged since 1998 and is below the average of 34% for cities east of the Mississippi River. But City officials and numerous community partners want to change that through the initiative ReLeaf Syracuse.

Bring a dish and/or drinks to share and head over to the Thornden Park Fieldhouse. Catch up with neighbors & friends and learn about ReLeaf. Paper goods supplied, reusable plates and utensils encouraged. Doors open at 5:30pm, program begins at 6pm.

UNPA will briefly report on our work over the past year and plans for this upcoming year. ReLeaf Syracuse will hold an interactive program to hear from community members about their ideas, concerns and questions about our urban forest.

More about the event on UNPA’s Facebook page.