Tree Giveaway A Success
The free tree giveaway was made possible by a grant from the New York Restoration Project in conjunction with the MillionTreesNYC initiative. The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization founded with the aim of increasing green spaces in New York City and funding community garden projects.
The MillionTreesNYC initiative is Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to increase the total amount of trees in the five boroughs in efforts to improve air quality and New York’s urban landscape while decreasing the rainwater runoff into the city’s water drainage systems.
The trees given away at the BHYC were of five different species and included Alaskan Cedar, Colorado Spruce, Austrian Pine, Eastern White Pine and Golden Virginia Pine.
The trees were specially selected for distribution to the Rockaways due to their salt tolerance and ability to survive in seaside locations. Throughout the two hour event, cars could be seen pulling into the lot with local residents eagerly anticipating receipt of their trees and driving off with the newly acquired specimens for planting on private property.
Representatives from the New York Restoration Project were on hand to assist the Rockaway Civic Association volunteers in answering questions about tree planting and tree care.
The arborist from NYRP took some time at the beginning of the event to discuss the tree species and the benefits of tree planting which include conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen, absorption of ground water and rain runoff, providing natural habitats for animals and shade for homes.
Crucial to the distribution effort, according to organizers, were several volunteers from the St. John’s Residence and School for Boys. The young men assisted in moving the trees to awaiting vehicles for transfer to their planting sites.
The giveaway event ended before noon with all one hundred trees distributed to individuals from throughout the Rockaways including the Arverne By The Sea community, the Breezy Point community and all points in between.
Those who attended noted friends and neighbors joined in the event and new community bonds were formed towards the common purpose of improvement and beautification