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Become a Citizen Pruner
May 15, 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Stewardship and pruning hugely reduce a tree’s vulnerability to common urban threats such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic, drought and storms. In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provides a great asset to our urban environment. Join fellow nature lovers and urbanists to become licensed to take care of NYC’s street trees.
The 12-hour Citizen Pruner Course consists of 5 sessions – 4 in the classroom and 1 field outing.
Price: $100, or $15 for residents of Sunset Park (zip codes 11232 and 11220)
Visit the TreesNY website, www.treesny.org, for more information and to reserve your space.
GIVE TREES A CHANCE
Environmental Justice in South Brooklyn
Green-Wood’s own neighborhood, Sunset Park, is one of the fastest growing and most diverse neighborhoods in all of New York City. Yet, it also faces serious environmental challenges. Car and truck exhaust from the Gowanus Expressway and industrial emissions from its small manufacturers create higher than average levels of harmful air pollution. Street trees to the rescue! They’re nature’s miracle workers: they intercept and absorb storm water runoff, provide oxygen, fight climate change, and lower air temperatures.
The 6,500 street trees of Sunset Park have a job to do. And they need all the help they can get! Together with TreesNY, Green-Wood’s horticulture staff is training a team of tree advocates! If you care about the environment, join us. TreesNY works with both youth and adult volunteers and works throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Funding for this project is provided by the NYS Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant Program of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.