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Winter 2008/2009

Youth Tree Stewards Green Morrisania, Bronx with Trees to Improve Neighborhood's Health
Parks foresters and youth from the Phipps Community Development Corporation yesterday planted trees on public streets in Morrisania. Read more…

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School and Parks Forester Jose Baez (‘86) Spruce up Inwood Hill Park in MillionTreesNYC Effort
Through MillionTreesNYC, Parks' Natural Resources Group Forestry Crew Member Jose Baez led 8th grade students from his alma mater. Read more…

Parks and MillionTreesNYC Youth Jobs Training Participants Plant Trees in Riverdale Park
The MillionTreesNYC Training Program is a jobs program offering professional training with a focus on forestry and horticulture to young adults disconnected from schools or careers. Read more…

Parks Launches “Acorns to Oaks” MillionTreesNYC Afterschool Program
The Parks Department‘s Urban Park Rangers and GreenApple Corps yesterday launched a new MillionTreesNYC Afterschool program, “Acorns to Oaks” Read more…

Fall

Mayor Bloomberg and Bette Midler Plant Tree 111,111 at One Year Anniversary of MillionTreesNYC
Mayor Bloomberg and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) Founder Bette Midler today celebrated the one-year anniversary of MillionTreesNYC, and announced that as a result of overwhelming civic and community involvement and support, the City has exceeded its year one target planting goal by nearly 20 percent. Read more…

Parks Plants Trees And Restores Highbridge Park In Milliontreesnyc Effort
As part of MillionTreesNYC, a joint initiative between the City and the New York Restoration Project to plant and care for one million trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017, Parks' Natural Resources Group (NRG) Forestry Crew Member Jose Baez led and trained Parks GreenApple Corps and Parks Opportunity Program (POP) horticulture participants to restore a valley in Highbridge Park on Monday, November 24, at a new grant site funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Read more…

Over 1,000 New Yorkers "Dig In" to Plant 15,000 Trees Citywide
On November 8, a large scale volunteer planting effort took place at eight forest restoration sites, bringing MillionTrees NYC 15,000 trees closer to it's goal. Read more…

Chelsea Piers presents Dance Benefit for MillionTreesNYC
On Monday, November 10th the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers will present a dance benefit performance for MillionTreesNYC choreographed, executed and implemented by local artists and Sports Center instructors and members. Read more…

MillionTreesNYC Community Grant Program Presented by The Home Depot Foundation
Through the generous support of the Home Depot Foundation, MillionTreesNYC is launching a community grant program to support citywide and neighborhood tree planting, stewardship, education, and other tree-related programs.

Tadashi Kawamata: Tree Huts
The Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq. Art program presents Tadashi Kawamata: Tree Huts, an artist-in-residency program culminating in a site-specific installation of eighteen wooden huts built in the trees of historic Madison Square Park in Manhattan's Flatiron district. Read the entire press release.

8 Cities. 1 Million Dollars. Thousands of Trees. Root for New York.
American Express® Cardmembers can help bring more trees to New York City’s parks and open spaces! Eight cities—including New York City—are competing for the largest portion of the American Express one million dollar tree-planting grant. Read more…

Free Trees for NYC Homeowners and Community Groups in October
Through the generous sponsorship of American Express 1,250 FREE trees will be available for adoption by homeowners and community groups at select locations throughout the five boroughs this October. For a list of giveaways dates and locations, please click here.

MillionTreesNYC Fall Planting Day—Come and Dig In!
Join us on November 8th from 10 AM to 3 PM to make NYC greener and greater, by volunteering to help us plant 15,000 trees citywide! Planting projects will be held in Parks in all 5 boroughs. Email info@milliontreesnyc.org if you are interested in volunteering. Read more…

Summer

Support MillionTreesNYC In Style
This Limited Edition Concert T-Shirt marks the last ever concert by the legendary rock band The Police. Proceeds from the sale benefit the MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant and care for one million new trees across NYC by 2017. Buy it now at CityStore…

Save the Date! Free Compost Available
NYC Residents can receive unlimited amounts of free, high-quality compost this fall. The compost is made from leaves that the Department of Sanitation collects from City residents each fall. Adding compost to backyards, gardens, and parks improves soil quality, increases plant growth, and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and watering. Read more and/or link here.

MillionTreesNYC Stewards in Action
On July 19, volunteers organized by NYC Parks and Green Apple Corps helped maintain New York City's new green neighbors by participating in a volunteer tree stewardship day. Although temperatures were over 100 degrees, volunteers and Parks staff put in a major effort to care for more than 16,000 young trees in Kissena Corridor in Queens, Canarsie and Four Sparrow Marsh in Brooklyn, and Ferry Point Park in the Bronx. Read more…

Register Today for July 19th Tree Stewardship Events
Help MillionTreesNYC maintain New York City’s new green neighbors by participating in a volunteer tree stewardship day on July 19th. Hosted by NYC Parks and Green Apple Corps, this fun-filled and informative event will teach volunteers how to protect and sustain our city’s vital green spaces, while also educating them on some of the invasive plants that are detrimental to the health of our urban trees. Read more…

Seeds to Trees Program Visits I.S. 171
Thursday June 19th was not a typical Thursday for some of the students at East New York’s Intermediary School 171, located in one of our Trees for Public Health Neighborhoods. Four educators from City Parks Foundation presented the Seeds to Trees program to more than 50 students in grades five through seven. Read more…

Spring

NYC Homeowners and family members adopt free trees in May
In celebration of New York City’s first ever MillionTreesNYC Month, 1,000 FREE trees were given away to homeowners and family members throughout the City’s five boroughs in May. Read more…

MillionTreesNYC is awarded world’s number one design by Met Home
MillionTreesNYC was designated as the world’s number one ground-breaking design by Met Home in May. Celebrating its 11th annual issue, Met Home created its iconic Design 100 to honor 100 of the world’s most noteworthy personalities, places, objects and extraordinary concepts in the world of creative design. Read more…

New Trees Planted at P.S. 96 Move City Closer to Million Tree Goal
Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, IV, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, Chair of Community Board 11 Robert Rodriguez and students from P.S. 96 planted a ceremonial tree on May 30th to celebrate 23 new trees planted on 120th street next to the school, as part of the City’s MillionTreesNYC initiative. Read more…

Last chance to apply for Partnerships Academy: Street Trees
If you've ever dreamed up a project to take care of the neglected street trees in your community, if you've ever sat around thinking of creative, long-term, community-based solutions to educate and get others to dig in and help … it's a great time to turn those ideas into reality. Join a group of like-minded people in our new program, Partnerships Academy: Street Trees! Applications are due June 15, 2008. Read more…

Steward Spotlight: The North Brooklyn Tree Project, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
In April, the North Brooklyn Tree Project helped plant 135 trees in McCarren Park as part of PlaNYC’s MillionTreesNYC initiative. This was just one of their several projects. Read more…

The Police Initiate $2 Million Contribution to MillionTreesNYC
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police to announce a pledge of $1 million in support of MillionTreesNYC. The donation, matched by the City, will provide $2 million that will plant 10,000 trees and help launch the reforestation component of MillionTreesNYC, which will reforest 2,000 acres of parkland across the five boroughs. Read more…

Adopt Your Free Tree in May!
In celebration of New York City's first ever MillionTreesNYC Month, BNP Paribas-presenting sponsor of MillionTreesNYC Month-is giving away 1,250 FREE trees to homeowners and families throughout the City's five boroughs this May! Read more…

New York Restoration Project Founder Project Founder Better Midler and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe Dig Into MillionTreesNYC Month With Hundreds Of Volunteers On Arbor Day
Commissioner Adrian Benepe and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) Founder Bette Midler were joined by Oscar® winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, singer-songwriter Brendan James, Blue Man Group and adult and youth volunteers for an Arbor Day community celebration and tree planting event in McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Read more…

Mayor Bloomberg and David Rockefeller Announce $10 Million Commitment Towards MillionTreesNYC
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and David Rockefeller today announced their joint pledge of $10 million to the MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant trees in public spaces including New York Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments and at City schools. This donation of private funds made to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City by Mr. Rockefeller and Bloomberg Philanthropies will allow over 18,000 trees to be planted throughout the five boroughs. Read more…

20,000 Trees Planted in New York City
More than 6,500 volunteers from New York Cares spruced up parks, gardens and community spaces in all five boroughs during the 14th annual Hands on New York Day, sponsored by HSBC Bank. Of that number, more than 1,050 volunteers planted 20,000 trees - the most number of trees ever planted in New York City on a single day. Read more…

Have an idea for a stewardship project? Apply to Partnerships Academy: Street Trees
Partnerships Academy: Street Trees is a new free one-year program, customized for street tree stewards, and combines group workshops with individual support, small grants, training, and networking opportunities. The program will support projects that aim to have significant, long-term impact on street tree stewardship. Read more…

Mayor Bloomberg Declares April 2008 MillionTreesNYC Month
By Mayoral proclamation, April 2008 is MillionTreesNYC Month in New York City - Parks and NYRP encourage New Yorkers to get involved in PlaNYC initiative to plant and care for one Million new trees in New York City by 2017. Read the Mayoral Release here…

Celebrate MillionTreesNYC Month in April 2008 with MetroCard Deals!
As a thank you for digging in, Parks and MTA have partnered to offer exciting admission deals at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Visit www.mta.info to learn more!