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LES Residents Take Part in NYC Parks Tree Stewardship Program

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6a01127920a5dc28a40115711e4bbf970c-800wi Residents learn about the first steps in NYC’s Citizen Stewards for Street Trees Training Program outside Henry Street Settlement.

Local residents took part in a tree stewardship program offered by Partnerships for Parks and the New York Tree Trust last night.  Erin Maehr and Art Simpson, two forestry experts from the City of New York’s Parks & Recreation team, were on hand to teach the group how best to care for adopted trees. They handed out supplies including a 5 gallon bucket for water (the most important part), a hose, a hand cultivator, trowels and gloves.  The program falls under the City’s Million Trees NYC initiative and strives to engage New Yorkers of all ages in the collective effort of maintaining and
protecting urban street trees
.  You can adopt a tree online at: www.milliontreesnyc.org/stewards.

Erin Maehr gives tips on prepping the ground around a tree so it can properly absorb water.
The group was organized by David Bolotsky (who is also heading the campaign to revitalize Gulick Park, which we reported on here). They will be meeting again at 6:30PM on August 4th at the base of the steps at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street, 466 Grand. BYOBucket.  Anyone interested in participating can contact David at: david@uncommongoods.com.

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