New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York’s MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway and it’s going to be the biggest one yet! The PlaNYC greening initiative, which already boasts the country’s largest municipal tree giveaway program, is expanding its generous annual offer by 140% to help reach its one million tree mark by 2015. The New York Restoration Project and 75 other local NYC organizations will distribute the 12,000 free trees across all five boroughs.
Launched in 2007 under the leadership of NYRP and NYC Parks, MillionTreesNYC has successfully planted 834,000 trees across the city. While the majority of the new urban forest cover will be planted and cared for by the city, the public-private program also depends heavily on NYC home and property owners to plant and properly maintain trees in their front and backyards. To boost tree planting numbers, NYRP will host over 90 tree giveaways from March through May, during which property owners can pick up a tree on a first come first serve basis or through advance reservations online.
“We’re very grateful to be working with so many local organizations and community groups that recognize the importance of expanding NYC’s green canopy with the landscape in private homes and properties,” says Mike Duran-Mitchell, NYRP’s Director of Giveaways. “We would not be able to reach our goal without their enthusiasm as well as the participation of NYC citizens who come to adopt and take a tree home—Invaluable players of our ambitious goal!” The free trees offered will include popular ornamentals including dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry trees.
Images via New York Restoration Project