From Forest Hills Patch:
Roughly a dozen Forest Hills Gardens residents gathered on Burns Street Wednesday morning, including representatives of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation, for a meeting with Long Island Railroad representatives that was not to be.
A representative of the LIRR cancelled an appearance at the meeting, residents said, when he was told that members of the local press would be present.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said the biggest issue right now is that the LIRR has not filled in the previously cut trees with more “track friendly” species, like evergreens, which are safer along tracks because of the lack of falling leaves.
“I think the most important thing is that they never came back to give us ‘track-friendly’ trees,” Gulluscio said. “They knew that the quality of life here was disturbed, very much so.”
In a 2007 release, the transit authority pledged to work with the community, saying “LIRR representatives will be available to discuss replace trees at the Railroads expense with track-friendly trees such as evergreens.”
An LIRR spokesman said last week that currently there are no plans to do any replanting in the area.