Now is a wonderful time to be a New Yorker. Our City is experiencing a five-borough renaissance. With this extraordinary success has come population growth—and looking ahead, we expect one million new New Yorkers by the year 2030.
To keep our City healthy and strong for generations to come, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project have launched MillionTreesNYC, a Citywide initiative to plant and care for one million trees across the City’s five boroughs. MillionTreesNYC is an integral part of PlaNYC, our comprehensive plan to create the first truly sustainable 21st century city—what we call a greener, greater New York.
It’s no secret that green open spaces help us lead healthier and happier lives. In our bustling, growing City, we need time outdoors to relax our minds and bodies and restore our spirits. Trees help us do that, and they improve our environment in many other ways: they reduce the major types of pollution—air, water, and noise; they help cool temperatures in the summer and break the bitter winds of winter; and they offer beautiful reminders that healthy communities, like healthy trees, have strong roots. And more than simply planting trees, MillionTreesNYC will help inform New Yorkers about the importance of our urban forest, and how to plant and care for trees in their own neighborhoods.
MillionTreesNYC offers an opportunity for all New Yorkers to join together in strengthening their communities—and creating a greener, greater New York. As J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, wisely noted, “Other holidays repose on the past. Arbor Day proposes the future.” Together we can fulfill that inspiring vision by planting a million trees in New York City—please join us today!
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
City of New York
Bette Midler, Founder
New York Restoration Project