City Trees

January/February 2013

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NYC Snapshot Afew weeks after Sandy hit NYC, we checked in, sheepishly, with Director of Street Tree Planting for the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation Matt Stephens. Sheepishly, because the cleanup was so freshly monumental, it seemed rude to thrust a reporter's mic into the situation. Matt graciously provided pics from Queens and on December 5th, he reported that "During Hurricane Sandy and a snow storm a few days later, NYC Parks & Recreation received nearly 26,000 tree-related service calls. To date, NYC Parks has counted approximately 10,000 street trees lost and thousands others in parks. One month after the storm, work along the streets is being finished while work in the hardest-hit parks is still continuing." A massive silver maple crushes the vehicle below. In Queens, a silver maple lost in Hurricane Sandy blocks a street while also becoming entangled in utility wires. 12 City Trees

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