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Million Trees NYC

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Trees curb carbon emissions and water pollution, cool our streets, have been shown to reduce crime and asthma, raise property values, and improve the overall health of city residents. Yet over the past 25 years, American cities have lost up to 30% of their tree canopy to development. The City of New York has launched an initiative, Million Trees NYC, to plant one million trees in public and private open spaces throughout the five boroughs over the next decade. Drew Becher helped found the initiative and is Executive Director of New York Restoration Project.

Guests:

Drew Becher

Comments [5]

Carsten from Flushing

A revisit of this story 5 years after the initiation of the Bloomberg Million Tree program one sees quite troubling news. Instead of ensuring a balance on how the urban forest is managed we now see that this massive tree installation has a sinister side. New tree plantings by this program wherever it is occurring across the City of NY has become the driving force behind even more blatant removals of large public long-lived trees as well as out of control tree abuses (or a combination of both). Tree abuses undoubtedly leads to declining tree health and eventually tree death years later. Now why would that be happening?

Nov. 15 2013 02:33 PM
maydelle from manhattan

Like everyone, this project sounds great. However, as a horticulturist, I've noticed so many new tree plantings (in parks and along the Hudson) are spaced way too close to each other to be long term plantings.

Mar. 05 2009 01:29 PM
kirsten from Brooklyn

are they planting low-allergen trees in the high-asthma rate neighborhoods?

Mar. 05 2009 01:28 PM
Ken from Bronx

You can plant them, but how are you ensuring that they survive?

Mar. 05 2009 01:28 PM
Micheal from Manhattan

Any comments on New York City in the 1800's and 1900's when it seems like there were no trees on the streets? I was wondering when the city started to repopulate the streets with trees again after looking at photos of old NYC with streets and sidewalks devoid of all greenery.

Mar. 05 2009 10:55 AM

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