by dave moore

Spring is in the air and the birds are tweet tweet tweetin!  Soon the buds will break and little flowers of joy and happiness will blossom.  You know that one day where you look around and realize that ALL the trees put their leaves out overnight and suddenly it is Spring?  That day is soon approaching!

Artist: Goldfrapp
Song: Hairy Trees

For those of you who are unfamiliar with MillionTreesNYC, it is an environmental initiative shared by the New York Restoration Project and the City Parks Department where we plant trees in the 5 boroughs for the sake of improving human health as well as lowering energy costs by shading the city with all those beautiful luscious tree leaves.  We directly plant thousands of trees a year and also provide community based initiatives to educate people on the benefits of trees, as well as empower them to plant and care for the trees themselves.

Artist: Plants and Animals
Song: Faerie Dance

As the Urban Forester at the NYRP, I have been cruising around the country inspecting tree farms and hand-selecting every single one of the trees we are planting this Spring!  Very exciting!

Now the fun part- we can start planting them!  This is where you come in!  We have two volunteer planting days this Spring that are open to the public and I would like to invite you all to come.  The plantings will take place at the NYC Housing Authority- a place where people could really benefit from having trees but unfortunately have no resources to acquire or plant trees themselves.

Artist: Rachel’s
Song: 4 or 5 Trees

In order to participate, you will need to SIGN UP a couple weeks ahead of time- this gives NYRP staff adequate time to prepare the materials necessary for the volunteer day. Sometimes we are in charge of as many as 400 volunteers in a single day so you can imagine the planning these sort of things take. (Aye yi yi!)

Anyways… If you would like to sign up for volunteering a VERY fun tree planting day- please follow the links below:

Saturday, April 18th

JetBlue ‘One Things That’s Green’ Day
Pomonok Houses, Queens
Sign up and info here

Saturday, May 16th

AMEX ‘Make a Difference’ Day
Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn
Sign up and info here

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