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Million Trees

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What the city may lack in green it makes up for in parks and recycling programs, but some officials say that’s not enough. That is to say, officials and “Queen of Broadway,” Bette Midler. The initiative MillionTreesNYC began in 2006 as a dream of Midler’s, to which Mayor Bloomberg gave one big green thumbs up. The program promises to deliver the city one million new trees by 2017. New York is admittedly behind when it comes to canopy cover compared to cities like Chicago and Atlanta. However, Drew Becher, Executive Director of the New York Restoration, says that’s no reason this new organization can’t serve as a model for other cities to follow – something New Yorkers are used to anyway. With a city population that currently exceeds the number of trees, finding volunteers has been easy. The average number of planting participants is already at 80,000 and is expected to top 120,000 next year. Aside from the million mark, the goal is to fill every possible space with a tree – no slab of cement too deep, no property cost too high. According to Becher, trees shouldn’t have to be a luxury item as a shady tree-lined street may suggest. “Trees are sometimes considered niceties, not necessities. And every neighborhood needs a tree,” he says. To find out more about the plan and how to get your hands dirty, log on to www.milliontreesnyc.org. The digging begins in July.

What are you doing to “go green”? Post a comment below and tell us what’s up.

4 Comments

  • By Tom Sticco – 04-24-08 at 1:59 pm

    Can Trees be planted in bus stop areas

  • By Melissa – 04-27-08 at 11:01 am

    I’d like to get in on the tree-planting action. My go green efforts include taking my own bags to the market, supporting the farmer’s markets, and reusing so-called disposables.

  • By CiNYC – 05-15-08 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Tom. There are different jurisdictions for bus stops throughout the city. The best thing to do is go to milliontreesnyc.org and click on the parks department. They will be the ones to speak to about requesting a bus stop tree planting. Thanks for writing in and please let us know what else you would like to see on the show or on our site.

  • By CiNYC – 05-15-08 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Melissa – thanks for writing in and letting us know about your green efforts. The best way to get involved with spreading the green is to go to milliontreesnyc.org, you can get more info about pitching in there! Keep us posted on your planting progress.

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