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