PlantTherapy: 1 Million More Trees for NYC by 2017

PlantTherapy: 1 Million More Trees for NYC by 2017

May 4, 2008

The NY Times article "For Urban Tree Planters, Concrete Is the Easy Part" writes about Arthur Simpson, one of the 24 foresters hired this past year to get the city's Million Trees Initiative under way, and some of the surprising resistance he has encountered since he began the job.

Links on the Million Trees Initiative, why trees are a good urban investment, and how to get involved after the jump...

Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town are already planting an additional 10,000 trees.

The Times article notes individual concerns over care, maintenance, responsibility and liability. Hopefully these are only minor speedbumps - and not roadblocks - for something that will benefit so many people. Will this program get a few more of us to take time out and learn to care for trees? NYers are a notoriously busy bunch, but this is a good cause.

Two places where people have voiced their opinions already:

Trees are for the common good, helping the environment, our resources, and well-being:

  • They regulate temperatures, saving on city's fuel consumption

  • They clean the air

  • They capture and save water, helping to reduce city runoff.
  • You get a lot for your money and time invested

  • They are beautiful

Million Trees has a detailed list of benefits and savings here, along with real numbers in case you're interested.

If this type of community involvement speaks to you, please do take a look at the Partnerships for Parks training programs. Also the Million Trees Initiative website has a page for getting involved and learning about tree care.

What are your thoughts?

matt at apartment therapy dot com

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