FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2016
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Parks Department Announces Plans to Remove Trees at N. Hempstead Beach Park Damaged During Superstorm Sandy
Tree replacement program will include new, more resilient species
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced this week that the Town’s Parks and Highways departments will be removing more than 100 trees from North Hempstead Beach Park that were badly damaged or destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. This was determined following the recommendation of two independent arborists, Colgan Tree and Landscape Service and B. Thayer Associates. A tree replacement program using salt-tolerant species will begin in the spring and will continue over the next several growing seasons.
Town Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jill Weber said, “Two different consulting arborists have studied and evaluated the trees and have determined that trees located around Manorhaven and North Hempstead Beach Park were affected by sea sprayed salt, salt water uptake, and sewage water to such an extent that they must be removed. Many of the trees have already died and all that are designated for removal have sustained irreversible damage from the contaminants.”
A letter about the tree removals was sent to local community groups.
The cost of removing the damaged and dead trees will be fully reimbursable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), other than the cost of removing the tree stumps, which the Town will pay for.
“We are committed to working with our Parks and Highway Departments in order to launch a robust long-term tree replacement program that will restore North Hempstead Beach Park to its pre-Sandy splendor,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “The Town continues to seek ways to improve resiliency of our infrastructure and that includes selecting trees that can better withstand future storms.”
The Town also removed 14 trees that were similarly affected at Manorhaven Beach Park.
To view the reports issued by Colgan Tree and Landscape Service and B. Thayer Associates, log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov/arboristreport. For more information, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.