On Saturday, November 5th, 2011, the Human Impacts Institute (HII) held their second open-to-the-public tree workshop with Trees New York at the Greenpoint Public Library. Community members from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Brooklyn Heights attended. Most came prepared with particular questions about trees in their neighborhood. The purpose of the workshop was to teach community members NYC street tree care basics. Sam Bishop, Environmental Educator at Trees NY, led the workshop. He addressed ways to identify what an unhealthy tree looks like, how to build a proper tree guards, important techniques on how to care for trees, and how to request a street tree in your neighborhood. He also introduced the resources available for tree stewards.
After participants finished classroom discussion, they headed outside to witness some first hand tree care techniques. With free tree tool kits courtesy of Trees NY (including a hand shovel, cultivator, and aerator) Sam demonstrated some of the proper tree care techniques. With these kits, the community members can continue tree care in their community.
Want to take action to help NYC trees today? Community members can go to the Forestry Service Request website or call 311 to:
Report a damaged or dead tree
Request a new street tree
Notify Parks of illegal tree damage
Report a potentially hazardous tree, branches, undesirable root, sewer, or sidewalk condition
Or, make a difference and click here to adopt a NYC street tree
Lastly, this event was part of HII’s Growing Our Roots program. HII is an official Green Points Education Partner of the Million Trees program of New York City. This program involves communities in issues of environmental healthy, climate change, sustainable water management, and creative gardening practice through local tree stewardship. HII looks forward to upcoming Green Points education events with public schools in Brooklyn.
*A special thank you to the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund and Trees New York for Supporting this program.
By Melissa Mitchell, 2011 Human Impacts Institute Environmental Educator