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Re: [tb-cybergardens]: Cock Robin Killed the Trees

  • Subject: [cg] Re: [tb-cybergardens]: Cock Robin Killed the Trees
  • From: dlogg60798@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 11:57:34 -0500

NYC has laws against damaging trees. Why has the contractor been allowed to continue to get permits if they are killing trees?
  Outside magazine, April 1996 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--or Else
By Todd Balf and Paul Kvinta

 "Those guys deal with rapes and murders all day," says New York City parks official Bradley Tusk of the city's criminal court judges. "They never took environmental crimes that seriously. This law fixes that." And how. Hack down a tree in the Big Apple and you're looking at a year behind bars, a $15,000 fine, and $10,000 per tree in civil damages. The new penalties, among the most severe in the nation for destroying public vegetation, come after a string of highly-publicized tree slayings. In the most recent case, a former New York City firefighter, convicted of "premeditated arborcide" for removing seven trees that obstructed a billboard owned by his employer, was sentenced to a whopping 500 hours of "tree-related community service."
-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Brookhart <bbrookhart@urbanmgt.com>
To: cybergardens@treebranch.com; community_garden@mallorn.com; cyberpark@treebranch.com
Sent: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 11:35:26 -0500
Subject: RE: [tb-cybergardens]: Cock Robin Killed the Trees

When Smith Street was reconstructed, the contractor did the same thing to several trees between 1st Place and 2nd Place ? and it took me several years to get them replanted (even with meetings with the City Council rep and the Forestry Dept.)  The problem is that the City signs off on the contractor because noone can see the damage, and then a year later the tree dies, and noone wants to accept responsibility.  
Barbara Brookhart
Bryant Park Restoration Corporation/34th Street Partnership
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1120
New York, NY 10110

From: owner-tb-cybergardens@vs50.server4me.com [mailto:owner-tb-cybergardens@vs50.server4me.com] On Behalf Of adam36055@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:47 AM
To: cybergardens@treebranch.com; community_garden@mallorn.com; cyberpark@treebranch.com
Subject: [tb-cybergardens]: Cock Robin Killed the Trees
 Darn Contractors!
-----Original Message-----
From: JLNWolfInc
To: brrosen@planning.nyc.gov; Adam36055
Sent: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 9:57:35 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: Re: [tb-cyberpark]: You Can't Make This Stuff Up! - perosnal response
It's a shame that the trees in front of 75 Henry had to be taken down, but the contractor is clearly at fault.  I have seen the pictures of the very deep trench dug when the anchoring roots were severed.  There was no need at all for the work to be done in this way.  A very professional ISA Arborist and professionals at the Parks Dept. all concurred that the construction crew had made the trees a liability.
Nancy Wolf
Brooklyn Heights

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