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Parks needs to better care for trees

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As we approach spring and summer, it is important for the city Parks Department’s Forestry Division to maintain the thousands of trees that line streets and that are in our parks and playgrounds.

Hurricane Sandy caused the loss of nearly 26,000 trees in our area, and thousands more were severely damaged and compromised by the storm. If the Forestry Division is so understaffed, it needs to contract tree maintenance work out to private tree companies so regular maintenance is done.

The safety of the public must be a priority in the city’s parks and playgrounds and along its streets. Mayor Michael Bloomberg should stop worrying about limiting the size of soft drinks and start worrying about the safety of the public in areas where there are many trees.

They need to be maintained on a regular basis and those that are not healthy or in a weakened state should be removed immediately. Future senseless tragedies must and can be avoided if trees are regularly maintained.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
Mr. Amato: Civic organizations and individual homeowners should be part of the groups that protect trees. They can learn a great deal from many organizations in Queens, such as the Alley Pond Environmental Center and the Queens Botanical Garden. As I write, the reservoirs are 5% below normal. Unless we have good rainfall and/or good snow runoff, our street trees will really next help.
Kenneth Kowald
April 9, 2013, 5:21 pm
Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
Sorry! That last line should read "really need help."
April 9, 2013, 5:24 pm

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