Great news! The MillionTreesNYC Project, which is one of 132 PlaNYC initiatives to green up the city, has already surpassed the halfway point in its grand goal of planting one million trees within the span of a decade. Launched in 2007 as a partnership between the city and Harlem resident Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, the initiative aims to plant one million new trees in New York City to increase the city’s forestation by a whopping 20% and improve air quality as well as quality of life in general for city residents.
So far, about 25% of the new trees have been planted in Queens, and 10% in Manhattan. Most (about 70%) of the plantings are funded by the city, with trees going to parks and other public places, and the rest are donated by individuals, private organizations, and homeowners.