Putting the forest back in Forest Hills

October 20, 2012 by  

The Million Trees NYC initiative was once again in action this past weekend in Forest Hills. For a third time, residents had an opportunity to get free trees thanks to the organization’s efforts.

This latest tree give-away was sponsored by the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance Foundation and the New York Restoration Project. At this event, one hundred saplings were made available to homeowners.

James Trent, an event organizer, said:

“Some trees may end up in highly dense neighborhoods, but that is not a problem, since none of us live in a vacuum. Trees improve air quality and beautify the city for all.”

Mike Mitchell, of the New York Restoration Project, noted:

“This fall, New Yorkers not only get to take a tree home, but they get to see the urban nature in its most festive state.”

According to Million Trees NYC, a 2006 US Forest Service Study indicated approximately 5.2 million trees grew on public and private property in New York City. While there are obvious aesthetic reasons to value trees, their worth to the community can also be measured along different dimensions, such as energy saved, emissions avoided, storm water run-off diverted, carbon dioxide captured, and increased property values.

As for the goal of a million new trees planted across the five boroughs of the city over the next ten years, it has received widespread community, government, and business support. Approximately one-third of the new trees are targeted for planting by private property owners. Businesses are encouraged to get involved and printing companies may be asked to help out.

More information on the One Million NYC initiative can be found on its website.