Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00
Several months ago, the Great Neck Friends of the Parks Foundation commenced a 100 Tree Campaign in honor of our outgoing Superintendent of the Great Neck Park District Neil Marrin. The tree campaign is an initiative organized by the foundation to encourage the planting of indigenous trees that are appropriate and enhancing to the Great Neck Park District.
However, due to the devastation caused by the storm in Great Neck on Thursday June 24, approximately 1000 trees were lost or damaged in less than five minutes. Now our goal is being expanded to bring about the planting of far more than 100 trees.
Trees play a crucial role as fundamental components of the biodiversity that forms the foundation of the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, food, fuel and vital ecosystem benefits that our lives depend on. Trees help provide breathable air, drinkable water, fertile soil and a stable climate.
The trees planted by the Great Neck Friends of the Parks Foundation, with your help, will contribute to the future biodiversity in our town. To commence our program, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth is working on securing funding through the Community Revitalization Program to plant trees in the Great Neck Park District. That will be a wonderful start, but we still need more.
The foundation will be calling upon our residents, community leaders, temples, churches, schools, and other organizations to work with them to create programs that will help raise awareness and funds to proceed on our goal of restoring our parks to their original splendor. It is not going to be an easy task, but it will be accomplished. The future of our parks is in the hands of every member of our Great Neck community and everything you do will help to improve our parks for future generations, but that future begins now.