Perry encourages the planting and maintenance of a variety of trees along streets as well as in private plantings to enhance the natural beauty of the village.
Trees & Tree Law
Trees contribute to the community's quality of life, property values, wildlife, and business attractiveness.
They provide many benefits to homeowners including shade and dampening of sound and wind.
In the Spring of 2017, the Board of Trustees adopted a Tree Law for the village.
The Tree Law established the Village of Perry Tree Board as an advisory committee and as well as tree regulations for the village.
The first meetings of the Tree Board Advisory Committee included conversations about trees remembered in the village, special trees on street terraces and yards, and beautiful tree-lined streets in the area and beyond. That was just the beginning.
What about the tree issues of the village, such as key-holed trees for power lines, sidewalk damage, and vacant street-sides where trees used to be. It was quickly realized that the work at hand was more complex than just advocating to protect current trees.
Should the village remove a huge deformed but healthy Y-shaped tree if it is providing much more shade, noise damping, and wildlife refuge than a small ornamental under the power line?
Should we aim for a uniform tree-lined avenue look if it means a lot of cutting and replanting? Would it be better to focus on filling gaps? Should the village adopt a more autocratic approach to managing the right-of-way, or primarily execute preferences expressed by individual property owners? Is the job primarily to implement regulations or to manage the "urban forest?" Where will funding come from—tax money? Grants? The board decided that a survey of residents was in order to help answer some of the new questions. An article summarizing the survey project and results is included below.
Additional Tree Resources
- 2020 PoeTREE book, created in conjunction with Perry Central Schools.
- Street Tree Species List for the Village of Perry
- Guidance for choosing your own trees
- Tree Survey Article
- 2019 Tree Inventory Summary
Online Regional Tree Nursery Sites
- Lowe's Online Catalog & Lowe's of Greece, NY
- Marcus Farms, Arkport, NY
- White Oak Nursery, Canandaigua, NY
- Daniel Zerbe, Chairperson
- Karen Wyant, Secretary
- Eleanor Jacobs, Member
- Ralph Field, Member
- Felisa McKay, Member
- Robin Redding, Member
- James Reynolds, Member
- Lori Schofield, Member
- Steve Deaton, Village Superintendent of DPW
- Ernie Lawrence, Village Trustee