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Volume XXVIII, Number 5778
Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

Giving Neighborhoods A Little Tree-L-C

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

MillionTreesNYC didn’t let a little winter rain stop them yesterday from going out and giving neighborhood trees some “TreeLC.” MTNYC joined Parks horticulture crews, school children, West 150th Street Block Association, and volunteers in East Harlem and Rockaway to prune trees and tend to soil beds.

Experts from Parks horticulture crews demonstrated how to structurally prune young trees, in an effort to ensure the resilience of our urban forest in the coming years. School kids from PS 155 and volunteers got a chance to dig in to the tree beds to help cultivate soil, remove litter and weeds. Volunteers in Rockaway helped to amend soil around tree beds by mixing compost and gypsum around tree roots, to help the trees recover from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge and salt water damage.

This winter Parks’ horticulture teams will be pruning trees specifically in Trees for Public Health (TPH) Neighborhoods, as part of a block pruning initiative. TPH Neighborhoods are target neighborhoods that have been identified as neighborhoods of greatest need for trees. These six neighborhoods were selected because they have fewer than average street trees and higher than average rates of asthma among young people. It is believed that additional trees in these neighborhoods will reduce the pollutants that trigger respiratory disorders, produce clean air and contribute to healthier living standards.

MillionTreesNYC, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC vision to establish a healthier, more sustainable New York City, is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, through which one million trees will be planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs by 2017. As part of MillionTreesNYC Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland into new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing the myriad environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest. Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, the initiative has surpassed its halfway mark with over 645,000 trees planted. For more information, visit

For more information on how you can become a steward and participate in other volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood, please email with your name and borough.


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