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Queens Chronicle

Work on reservoir could kill the trees

As construction continues, expert says Parks hasn’t taken enough precautions

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1 comment:

  • tererapper posted at 12:49 pm on Sun, Jun 30, 2013.

    tererapper Posts: 0

    Unfortunately this is a very old and sad story. Yes, Boro Foresters are able to comment and advise on Capital Construction plans but the decisions are made by the Engineers and Landscape Architects and, in most cases, the decisions and the resulting design fall far short of the protection strategies necessary to preserve the mature tree population.

    Please understand that it's not that we don't know HOW to do construction around trees. There are many viable strategies that allow construction to proceed AND TREES TO BE PROTECTED AND PRESERVED. You just have to care enough and have the necessary expertise to include these strategies in your design and accommodate the design to the presence of trees and the landscape they populate.

    I don't believe, in my 20 years of work as a Consulting Arborist, I have ever observed a Park Re-Construction project that has given trees the consideration they should have received and deserve, as the publicly owned, critical resource they are. The public should be outraged by Parks' willingness to so compromise this vital resource that they are being paid, by taxpayers, to steward.