Saturday, October 1, 2011
Keeping the interchange green
From the Queens Chronicle:
The scope of the project is huge, and some 600 trees along all the Van Wyck corridor are destined for the lumber yard or the wood chipper as Phase I runs up to the expressway from Briarwood.
Trees are a sensitive issue in Queens, and a few residents brought the subject up at a recent meeting of the Briarwood Community Foundation.
But officials with the state’s Department of Transportation said they do not regard tree removal casually.
“Eighty of the trees will be replaced immediately in areas that won’t be affected by any future construction,” James Romanovsky said, both in Briarwood and in a subsequent telephone interview. He indicted there was little point to replanting the remainder only to rip them up again a short time later.
“We thought it was wise to replant them as part of Phase II,” Romanovsky said. He added that all the trees are on land with a state right of way.
A spokeswoman for the city’s Parks Department said the removals are not factored into Mayor Bloomberg’s Million Tree initiative.
“We count only ones we plant, not ones that are removed,” she said.