Monday, May 9, 2011
Did you know that there are some 5.6 million trees in the five boroughs (there are about 8 million residents)? Or that currently there are approximately 592,000 trees lining City streets (planned to increase to 800,000 by 2017 under the Million Trees NYC initiative)? While during the first 2 years after planting a tree is "under warranty" from the contracted gardeners, after that, the trees are very much on their own to "make it in the big City," with a little help from Citizen Pruners, volunteers, and good samaritans.
The Citizen Pruner course (locations vary, but mine is at The Arsenal in Central Park -- see above photo) consists of 4 evening sessions and a full Saturday field session topped by a final exam. If everything is completed successfully, I will be a licensed Citizen Pruner for five years with the ability to help the trees that line our City streets. I am very hopeful and feeling inspired. Maybe I can make a difference in this concrete jungle....
For more information about Citizen Pruner and other Trees NY programs, check out Trees NY Info.