2007-04-06 / Community

Plant Tree Seedlings At Gateway 4/14

Get your hands dirty on the second Saturday of each month at Floyd Bennett Field. Friends of Gateway (FoG) is seeking volunteers to help plant hundreds of tree seedlings in four gallon pots for delivery to community groups.

"Floyd Bennett Field is Brooklyn's national park and the largest single park in Brooklyn. Changing it from its former military and aviation uses and making it hospitable for park uses will require special attention, especially in an era of global warming," said Dave Lutz, executive director of Friends of Gateway. "The spring season is critical to the success of FoG's effort to grow plants for the future of our city."

The next "Second Saturday" event will take place on Saturday, April 14 as part of FoG's series of conservation efforts at the Gateway Greenhouse. Participants will meet at the greenhouse at 11:30 a.m. for snacks and begin planting at noon.

The day is designed to be family friendly and fun. FoG also has a long list of projects which require special skills. People with a horticultural background, art skills, carpentry, plumbing or electrical are welcome at the Gateway Greenhouse and can call 212-228-3126 for more information.

Gateway National Recreation Area was created 30 years ago when the land was transferred over to the National Park Service. FoG encourages New Yorkers to help improve the park.

'We hope to develop a community of volunteer stewards to work with us to make Gateway as much a stellar example of urban land restoration as Yosemite and Yellowstone are of rural land preservation," added Lutz.

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