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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 06, 2013
No. 54
www.nyc.gov/parks

MillionTreesNYC Awards ‘TreeLC’ Grants To Community Groups

NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White announced today that 18 New York City community groups have been awarded grants by MillionTreesNYC to help organize and strengthen tree care efforts in their neighborhoods.

MillionTreesNYC presented grant awards to the winners today, provided an overview of the program, reviewed grant requirements and helped grantees access additional tree care and community organizing resources. This year’s grant winners represent a diverse range of New York City neighborhoods from all five boroughs. Each grantee will implement grass roots tree care projects from June through November, engaging friends, neighbors, youth and local businesses in caring for newly planted trees in their communities.

“On behalf of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, I am pleased to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s TreeLC grants,” said Commissioner White. “Their shared commitment to making New York City greener and greater than ever before is something that we are glad to see taking root in communities across the city.”

Grant winners were selected by a panel of nine representatives from MillionTreesNYC and Central Forestry at Parks, Citizens Committee for NYC, Community Affairs Unit and NYC Service at the Mayor’s Office. We will post more details about each project at http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/care/grants.shtml


2013 MTNYC TreeLC Mini-Grant Recipients:

400 45th Street Block Association, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
The 400 45th Street Block Association in Sunset Park is encouraging tree stewardship, tree pit beautification, and litter reduction by providing mulch, purchasing bulbs for fall planting, providing tree gators for watering, and creating signs to keep trees free of litter. ($1000)

CHEKPEDS in Chelsea/Clinton, Manhattan. CHEKPEDS The 9th Avenue Greening project is enrolling and training representatives of block associations to care for the 31 newly planted on the bike lane refuges 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen and the 24 newly planted trees on the Canoe, a new green street on 36th Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues. They are holding a beauty contest for the best tree bed. ($800)

Community Health Center of Richmond in Port Richmond, Staten Island. The Community Health Center of Richmond (CHCR) is proud to help preserve and enhance the streetscape on the North Shore of Staten Island. CHCR volunteers are adopting and caring for 20 trees, including maples, Callery pears and pin oaks, along a four-block stretch of Port Richmond Avenue between Castleton and Homestead Avenues. This neighborhood is home to their primary care center and the new CHCR Dental and Medical Specialty Center, scheduled to open this fall. ($304)

East 110th Street Tenants' Association in East Harlem, Manhattan. The East 110th Street Tenants' Association is working with neighbors and businesses near the East 110th Street subway station to install 3 substantive metal tree guards on East 110th Street. They are planting perennial flowers, weeding, and mulching the three tree beds as well as others in the neighborhood. ($1000)

Elmhurst Community Garden in Elmhurst, Queens. Elmhurst Community Garden is caring for street trees in front of the community garden and other trees in need of TreeLC in the neighborhood. They are removing litter and weeds from tree beds, aerating the soil and planting flowers, mulching and watering. They are educating their community about tree care and the benefits of street trees by holding a street tree care workshop and creating informational signage for the tree beds. ($715)

Friends of PS 153 in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. Friends of PS 153 is continuing their Spring tradition of caring for street trees around the school. They are adding mulch, perennials and annuals in tree beds as well as installing wooden tree guards. By planting tulip bulbs and winterizing beds they are extending education and tree awareness to families and students into the Fall season. ($979.50)

G.I.V.E. (Getting Involved in Virginia Ave Efforts) in Soundview, Bronx. GIVE is excited to construct tree guards to protect their newly planted trees on Hugh Grant Circle by the IRT #6 Parkchester train station in the Bronx. ($650)

The Human Impacts Institute in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Human Impacts Institute’s Growing our Roots with the Community project is conducting weekly hands-on sessions in Brooklyn to take care of street trees. The project involves community volunteers and young adults with disabilities. The Tree Care Tuesday sessions are helping to beautifying the neighborhood, preventing air pollution, storm water runoff and erosion, as well as enhancing community awareness to inspire action. ($600)
The League: DGM in Central Harlem, Manhattan. The League: DGM is very proud of their Greener Lenox project. Their group created a neighborhood alliance with Mt. Morris Park and Warrior Sports to help clean and replant Lenox Avenue in the village of Harlem. They adopted 23 trees from 116th to 125th streets, and planted flowers, weeded, and cleaned the sidewalks and medians. The next leg of Greener Lenox is taking place in the fall with volunteers planting flowers and keeping their designated areas clean from trash and debris. ($850)
Mariners Harbor Civic Association in Mariner's Harbor, Staten Island. The Mariners Harbor Civic Association is hosting a work day and enlisting 20 volunteers to adopt trees in Mariners Harbor. They are cultivating, mulching, building tree guards and planting bulbs to enhance the quality of life in Mariners Harbor. ($982)

Ocean breeze Civic Association in South Beach, Staten Island. Ocean breeze Civic Association is helping to educate the community by bringing them together to care for street trees by watering, pruning, cleaning and mulching tree pits, planting bulbs and installing tree guards and signs. ($999)

Pelham Parkway Citizens ConservationCorps in Pelham Parkway, Bronx. The Pelham Parkway CCC is taking Tree Care and Community Beautification to a whole new level with "Summer Beautification Camp" in July & August of 2013.With 2 events each week, they are filling each day with activities such as building tree guards, making crafts to decorate the tree beds, painting mailboxes, doing outdoor poetry, face painting, removing graffiti, adopting trees and requesting new trees in each area they visit! ($1000)

Proyecto de Embellecimiento 137th Street in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. Proyecto de Embellecimiento 137th Street Beautification Project is thrilled to produce it's 4TH BLOCK PLANTING event in 2013, during which they will plant exciting and colorful gardens in 25 tree beds along the whole block from Broadway to Riverside Drive. ($500)

The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, Queens. The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights Queens is mulching, watering, applying compost and planting flowers around 21 trees that they have adopted around the school. Students and parents are getting involved and learning about caring for trees in the neighborhood. ($1000)

Rotary Club of Inwood, Manhattan. Rotary Club of Inwood, Manhattan is expanding their Greening and Cleaning of Inwood project as they are building four needed tree guards, adding fresh soil into dozens of needful tree pits and distributing hundreds of tree care flyers to neighbors. ($998.50)
Vernon Cases Garden in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Vernon Cases Garden’s project includes tree bed care at the first Vernon Avenue block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Vernon Cases Garden group is providing perennial and annual plants for tree beds, organizing and helping residents to water and weed tree beds during spring and summer. They are planning an event in October to mulch tree beds and prepare trees for a cold season. Many school children are involved in garden and tree care activities and will help them to understand the benefit of a sustainable living style. ($1000)
West Harlem Empowerment Coalition in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. West Harlem Empowerment Coalition is empowering residents block by block in West Harlem with Tree Care Workshops and beautification prior to planned Community days where residents will be connected with vital resources to help them excel to their greatest potential. ($622)

West Kensington Action Group in Kensington, Brooklyn. WKAG is forming a Tree Pit Care Brigade to beautify the tree pits along Church Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn and engage merchants and residents in the watering and upkeep of the tree pits. They are working to create a culture of respect for trees in their neighborhood. ($1000)

MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a public-private program with a goal to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs. The initiative’s TreeLC program engages New Yorkers in tree stewardship through a variety of resources including free Tree Care workshops, toolkits, Adopt-a-Tree database, and Train the Trainer workshops, to build a community-based network of tree stewards citywide. Empowered by knowledge of tree-care and community organizing skills, stewards can encourage their neighbors and community members to join together in caring for the long term health of our City’s newly planted trees.

CONTACT: Arthur Pincus / Tara Kiernan (212) 360-1311

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