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“It looked like a war had been fought there. All of these beautiful trees had been blown apart in their crowns and were lying all over the place,” he said.
This weekend volunteers will replant 80 trees with the help of the City’s Million Trees NYC initiative, the New York Restoration Project and JetBlue Airlines.
“These will be nice-sized trees that will go in there. They are not tiny little saplings,” Benepe said.
A city-wide tree planting event will also take place on April 30.
“The amazing thing was we had volunteers come out right away,” Benepe said. “We’re looking for committed volunteers. We’re pretty well signed up for Macdonald Park, but we’re still looking for people to sign up to volunteer to plant trees on our Million Trees planting day, which is on April 30, or to help water trees.”
Benepe was appointed commissioner by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on January 25, 2002.