NYC School Construction Authority again trashes valuable public shade trees
Well known for their ability to trash, destroy and mutilate large and mature public shade trees on Board of Education properties across Queens, the NYC School Construction Authority- their engineers, architects and construction contractors have arrived in Middle Village to perform much of the same. The construction of Public School / Intermediate School 128 on 69th Place and Juniper Valley Road is lined by what was once 16 large spreading canopied trees thoughtfully planted for the benefit of the community some 60+ years ago. These trees have provided numerous benefits and services for the community.
While well aware of the need to protect and preserve public trees, the indifferent project engineer and his arborist had nearly two thirds of the vital leaf producing canopy unnecessarily removed.
Current construction and excavation also points to volumes of root bound soils adjacent to those trees irreversibly compacted and damaged. With another two years of construction till completion, these trees will likely never recover from the above and below ground impacts and will succumb to a slow declining health and a premature death as the SCA has shamefully inflicted upon our large invaluable shade trees elsewhere.
FTL, Flushing NY