1. Why plant a million trees?
Trees enrich and improve our environment and dramatically increase the overall quality of life in New York City. The benefits provided by trees are numerous and diverse, making it important to quantify their value to our city and its residents. The primary benefits provided by New York City’s urban forest come in three key areas:
- Environmental Benefits: Urban trees help offset climate change, capture rainfall, remove dust and other pollutants from the air, lower summer air temperature, reduce our use of fossil fuels, and provide habitat for wildlife.
- Economic Benefits: Trees provide $5.60 in benefits for every dollar spent on tree planting and care, increase property values, and appeal to community and business investment.
- Health and Lifestyle Benefits: There is growing evidence that trees help reduce air pollutants that can trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Green spaces also encourage physical activity - a healthy habit for any New Yorker.
Further information on the benefits of trees can be found at the Benefits of NYC's Urban Forest page.
2. Where will trees be planted?
During the spring and fall tree planting seasons, the Parks Department will at first conduct block-by-block street tree planting in six “Trees for Public Health” (TPH) neighborhoods, while New York Restoration Project and other non-profit partners coordinate tree planting on other public, institutional and private land, as well as engage in public education and community outreach activities. The goal is to completely green an entire neighborhood with an abundance of newly planted trees on both public and private lands.
While we are targeting neighborhoods of greatest need, MillionTreesNYC remains a citywide initiative. The Parks Department will continue to respond to individual requests for street trees, while NYRP and our many public and private partners engage community-based organizations and volunteers in every neighborhood throughout New York City’s five boroughs to plant and care for new trees.
3. What are “Trees for Public Health” Neighborhoods?
TPH neighborhoods—East Harlem, East New York, Far Rockaway, Hunts Point, Morrisania, and Stapleton—were selected because they have fewer than average street trees and higher than average rates of asthma among young people. It is believed that additional trees in these neighborhoods will reduce the pollutants that trigger respiratory disorders, and contribute to healthier living standards.
4. How can I request a street tree?
The Parks Department plants street trees, free-of-charge, on sidewalks in front of homes, apartment buildings, and businesses in all five boroughs. In order to request a free street tree, visit our website to submit an online form to the Parks Department or call 311.
You can also plant a street tree on your own by obtaining a Tree Planting Permit or by calling 311. Due to certain street tree height and species qualifications, individual street tree planting most often requires hiring a landscape contractor directly. For one-stop planting and permitting, the New York Tree Trust will work with you on selecting the species and site and permitting and planting processes for a donation. Call (212) 360-TREE.
5. How can I get involved with MillionTreesNYC?
You can dig in by planting a tree in your yard or community, joining a tree stewardship group, or talking about the importance of our City’s urban forest and MillionTreesNYC to your friends, family, and colleagues.To be notified about specific tree planting opportunities, fill out and submit the online form.