$2M for Tree Pruning in the Concrete Jungle!

I lived in Brooklyn for one summer. One of my favorite places to go was the the Cobble Hill Park, just a couple blocks away from my home.

New Yorkers seem flock to park nature. I was always struck by how manicured and constructed theย  parks were. As it turns out, theย  manicured nature, is critical to the safety of New Yorkers. In fact, recently a number of people have sustained injuries from falling tree limbs; one person even died. Ten lawsuits stemmed from tree limbs and the like falling.

The New York City Council recently approved $2 million dollars for the pruning of trees through the City, as well as training for park staff to properly evaluate the health of trees to avoid future tree incidents. Because of budget cuts, the period of time between pruning increased to every 15 years from every 7 years.

A few books in the Collection caught my eye related to the issue of parks, and trees:

Should Trees Have Standing? Law, Morality, and the Environment

Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities

The Full Value of Parks: From Economics to the Intangibles

Wildlife, Forests, and Forestry: Principles of Managing Forests for Biological Diversity

Back in Chelsea Vermont, in our parks, the Commons, I’ve noticed some ailing maple trees. Though Chelsea is far from the concrete jungle, we should probably take care, and manicure our trees too, just like they do in New York. I might bring this up at the next Chelsea Selectboard meeting.

-Heidi

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