2013-08-30 / Community

Free Tree Giveaways

By Katie McFadden

Need to replace some trees that were destroyed after Hurricane Sandy? There are upcoming opportunities to obtain free trees through the Million Trees NYC program and events hosted by local organizations.

On Sunday, September 8th, the Rockaway Civic Association is hosting a free tree giveaway event at 10 a.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. The Rockaway Civic Association won a grant to distribute 100 evergreen trees to the Rockaway community through the New York Restoration Project’s Million Trees Initiative.

The trees are available to anyone in the community who had space on a private property to plant an evergreen tree. In a proposal, Harold Paez, a board member of the Rockaway Civic Association, expressed the need for trees in the Rockaways after thousands of trees and shrubs were destroyed by flood waters.

“The one hundred trees will go a long way towards re-establishing the natural environment and green spaces of our neighborhood,” Rockaway Civic Association’s Noreen Ellis said. Trees produce oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide in the air. They help reduce pollutants and beautify our environment.”

To pre-register for this event, fill out the form at treegiveaways.com/ rca.php and request a specific tree out five options. Trees may also be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis during the event.

For those who can’t make the September 8th event, another tree giveaway hosted by the Beach 116th Street Partnership will take place from 10 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 13th in the parking lot of Station Liquor at 264 Beach 116th Street. More information about reservations will be available in the future. Check treegiveaways.com for updates or email information @shopbeach116.com.

The Million Trees NYC project is a public-private partnership among New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s PlaNYC sustainability initiative, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Restoration Project. The project had a goal of planting one million new trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017 but with 750,000 trees planted so far, the project is expected to reach its goal by 2015.

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