A Tree Grows in Brooklyn–Unless It’s in Greenpoint-Williamsburg

by Heather Van De Mark on

Recently, WNYC aired a segment called, “If a Tree Dies in the City, Will Anyone Notice?” You can listen to it online here, it’s only about six minutes. If you’ve followed the GWAPP blog for a while now, you’ll know we’re big fans of free trees and tree stewardship, but according to the radio story:

“Between 7 and 12 percent of street trees die within two years of planting.

…Some neighborhoods saw even higher mortality rates, such as Greenpoint-Williamsburg (22.3 percent)…”

*Facepalm* Greenpoint, let’s be better.

What can we do?

  • Join the Human Impacts Institute’s (HII) Tree Care Tuesdays in July and August as they care for street trees in Greenpoint. Workshops are usually in the afternoon, but they have a once-monthly “Twilight Tree Care” evening. There is even a session tomorrow, July 1st at PS 110. View the HII calendar.
  • Checkout the Million Trees NYC website and their Stewardship Library for resources on watering, tree care/pruning, soil management and more.
  • If you’re a dog-owner, don’t let your dog use tree pits as bathrooms. You can even print and hang a Curb Your Dog sign.
  • See a street tree in need of TLC–water, litter clean-up, bike removal, illegal parking–call 311.
  • Check out the map below of Tree Mortality Rates across the City, and get motivated to take tree mortality seriously.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.