Our mature trees are disappearing due to overdevelopment and a cement it all mentality. A large tree is significantly more valuable in terms of processing pollutants than several small trees. Small trees are important but they take decades to reach maturity.
Plant Trees To Live
What needs to be done? More effort needs to be taken to preserve and care for our mature tree stock, even those on private property. In many communities across the country, a permit must be obtained before a large tree can be removed. New York City should follow suit in order to dissuade people from destroying healthy trees and to provide a healthier environment for us all.
When new homes are built, a mature tree must be viewed as an asset to preserve whenever possible, not a nuisance to be eradicated. Trees increase the value of a property.
Severe pruning endangers the health and stability of our trees. Utility companies must take care to preserve the shape and beauty of our trees when they come through clearing the wires off branches.
Our city itself sends out mixed messages about trees. Our present administration wants to plant a million trees, yet they are considering cutting down a forest of trees at the Ridgewood Reservoir for an ill conceived project. Likewise, dozens of trees have been removed on Randall's Island for another project.We see it over and over again.
The Long Island Rail Road committed arborcide along their right of way to prevent leaves from blowing onto their rails. It did not work. The wind carries leaves from distances away. Whose brainstorm was that plan?