Thursday, April 2, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg Proclaims April 2009 MillionTreesNYC Month

The Eagle received this press release:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Wednesday proclaimed April 2009 as MillionTreesNYC Month in New York City. The month seeks to engage New Yorkers in MillionTreesNYC, a public-private partnership between the City of New York and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) that aims to plant one million new trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017.

It was announced at the event that 173,229 trees have been planted since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, far exceeding the initiative’s yearly target planting goal.

“Spring is a time for growth and renewal, and MillionTreesNYC Month in April 2009 encourages all New Yorkers to get involved in greening our city,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By planting trees in parks, on streets, and in your own front and backyards, you can help create cleaner air and cooler streets, which will improve the health of all New Yorkers..”

Trees have been planted in places such as schoolyards, public housing sites, health care facilities, business districts, commercial and residential developments, front yards and other private lands.

Throughout the month, Parks, NYRP, and MillionTreesNYC partners will host free citywide events for the public, including Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations, tree education seminars, tree stewardship workshops, tree pruning instructional courses, and Urban Park Ranger tree identification hikes throughout the city.

All New Yorkers are encouraged to plant trees in their front and backyards during MillionTreesNYC Month. The One in a Million Tree Coupon, supported by BNP Paribas, offers $20 off the purchase of a 1-inch caliper or larger tree at 13 select New York City garden centers and nurseries throughout the five boroughs.

Coupons are available online at, the MillionTreesNYC official web site, or at participating nurseries. All New Yorkers will share in the many benefits that come from planting trees in their yards — more beautiful neighborhoods; cleaner air and water; higher property values; energy savings; cooler summer streets; and a healthier, more environmentally sustainable City.

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