Under the plan, Mr. Bloomberg proposes the parks department spend $400 million to plant 600,000 trees over the next decade, about 220,000 along streets and 380,000 in other city-controlled property like parks and traffic medians. Of course, a new mayor will be elected in two years so it is not clear if the effort would be maintained.
Bid for a Million Trees Starts With One in Bronx
In addition, new zoning regulations proposed by the Department of City Planning would require street trees for most new development, including major expansions or some changes of use of existing properties.
The city is hoping nonprofit groups, community organizations, businesses, developers and ordinary New Yorkers will plant another 400,000 trees, in backyards and other open spaces at a cost of about $200 million.
Bloomberg lost the opportunity to preserve nearly 200 trees at St. Saviour's, and also is planning to clear-cut thousands of trees growing in the Ridgewood Reservoir - in a park on city-owned property! So forgive me if I am skeptical.