Claiming to be at home plate with the Mayor's program for a green and sustainable NY, the Mets and their contractor, along with key Parks officials, have turned a blind eye to the need to protect and preserve valuable parkland shade trees. A 13 tree oak-grove along Shea Road along with numerous other large canopy trees across the new Citi Field site have been left unprotected from the construction frenzy and whims of the contractor and his heavy machinery - with much indifference by Parks Forestry officials and the Commissioner.
The result has been the mutilation and removal of volumes of tree sustaining roots and the compaction and disruption of the root occupied soil ecosystem of this island landscape. The observed wooden protection barriers detract from the real zone requiring protection - the once extensive tree root zone. All is for increasing parking space across an unpermeable and unsustainable parking lot.
And why are the trees not afforded protection under the city's Best Management Practices for a green and sustainable City of New York? No funds for that, but funds for planting 550 new trees. The continued deforestation, tree mutilation and indifference toward trees across parkland undergoing construction in this urban forest remains, business-as-usual.