Million Tree Campaign

Park Linden trees on a warm spring day. In the center is the top of a Copper Beach tree. © Paul Warchol 

Park Linden trees on a warm spring day. In the center is the top of a Copper Beach tree.
© Paul Warchol 

Over the last 50 or 75 or 100 years, sometimes without our consciously noticing, the more developed parts of the nation’s densest big city have grown greener. Call it the leafing of New York.
— Andy Newman, NY Times

A NY Times article in December, asked readers to compare old photos of New York City streets and parks to current images. This comparison is, the article explained, the best proof we have that the city is greening; after all, tree censuses on city streets weren't reliable until the 1990s. 

Million Tree Campaign tag 

Million Tree Campaign tag 

One project that has contributed nearly one million trees to city parks, streets, and public spaces, is the aptly named, Million Tree Campaign. The campaign, which began in 2007, is an initiative with NYC Parks and the New York Restoration Project to plant one million trees across the five boroughs by 2017; as of today, the project numbers 949,361 trees. For more information or to learn how you can get involved, visit the (Million Trees Campaign website). 

Five years ago, beginning on April 11, 2012, 120 Linden trees and five Copper Beach trees were planted at the Park. These 125 trees were included in NYC’s Million Tree Campaign, bringing the count up to 558,610. Some photos taken during the planting of these trees are below. 

Linden trees waiting to be planted. 

Linden trees waiting to be planted. 

Planting Million Tree Campaign
Park trees viewed from the Room. 

Park trees viewed from the Room.