Thursday, October 24, 2013

200 trees being offered to Yonkers residents

This isn't about Art, but gardening and tree preservation is culture, at least in my biased opinion.

If you can make it to the Hudson River Museum on Saturday, you might get a tree!

Photo by Jay Baker
200 Trees will be offered to Yonkers Residents
Posted Date: 10/17/2013
Yonkers, NY – October 17, 2013 – Mayor Mike Spano announced the City of Yonkers, in partnership with the CBC Junior Girl Scouts Troop #1814, will host a Yonkers Green City Tree Give-Away on October 26th at 9:00 am at Trevor Park (Warburton Avenue in Yonkers). 
200 trees, made available through a National Wildlife Federation grant received by the CBC Junior Girls Scouts Troop #1814, will be distributed to Yonkers residents on a first-come-first-serve basis. Proof of residency is required. Additionally, the City’s Parks Department will plant several trees at Trevor Park.
“Yonkers has been a Tree City USA for 26 years and efforts like these continue to support the environmental health of our city and sound forestry management," said Mayor Spano. "Congratulations and thank you to the CBC Junior Girl Scouts Troop #1814 and the National Wildlife Foundation for providing this great opportunity for the residents of Yonkers." 
As part of their journey toward receiving the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Troop #1814 researched ways to counter the negative effects of tree loss on the environment, particularly in the City of Yonkers which suffered the loss of hundreds of trees during Superstorm Sandy and subsequent severe storms. Under the leadership of Troop Leader Irma Pereira, Troop #1814 applied for a National Wildlife Foundation grant and was excited to learn just a few weeks later that their application was accepted, awarding 200 trees for planting in Yonkers.
"The CBC Girl Scouts are determined to create an awareness of conserving and caring for our environment," said Junior Girl Scouts Troop #1814 Leader Irma Pereira. "In partnering with Mayor Spano, Yonkers’ Parks Department and the Yonkers Board of Education, we are using this opportunity to assure that an idea, and the courage to try and make a difference, can help all."
In addition to offering 200 trees, the Green City Tree Give-Away program offers an educational component for residents attending the event who will participate in a presentation on proper ways to plant, maintain and care for trees. For additional information please contact the Yonkers Parks Department at (914) 377-6427

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