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Volume XXVIII, Number 5987
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

Getting Closer To A Million - Tree Number 800,000 Is Planted!

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On November 14, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg planted the 800,000th tree as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, and the 800,000th tree also marked the completion of the first phase of the new Governors Island Park.

MillionTreesNYC is a signature initiative of the City’s comprehensive, long-term sustainability agenda, PlaNYC, which began in 2007 with the goal of reaching one million trees planted by 2017. The initiative is now expected to reach one million trees by 2015, two years ahead of schedule.

Phase one of Governors Island Park is 30 acres of new parkland that will open to the public in May of 2014. Since Governors Island was first opened to the public in 2005, the Island has transformed into a destination for New Yorkers and visitors, home to extraordinary open space with a dynamic mix of uses.

The Mayor made the announcement on Governors Island where he was joined by First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris, NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White, Trust for Governors Island Chair Ronay Menschel and President Leslie Koch, State Senator Daniel Squadron, landscape architect Adriaan Geuze of West 8, and a wide range of civic organizations, advocacy groups, Harbor School students, Island programming organizations and others to celebrate the milestones.

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 2015. New trees help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing air quality and storm water benefits. Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, the initiative is two years ahead of schedule.

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