Revitilization of Site Dedicated to 9/11 Victims
Liberty Island, New York City, NY
Liberty Island, New York City, NY
LIBERTY ISLAND, NEW YORK, N.Y. — Project EverGreen is coordinating a project that will see more than $35,000 invested to revitalize the 9/11 Memorial Grove on Liberty Island on Tuesday, June 10. The grove was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and the renovation follows the March removal of dead and dying London Plane trees damaged by the storm surge that sent five feet of saltwater onto the site. The soil at the site was also amended to reduce the high salt content remaining from the saltwater.
Green industry volunteers will plant a dozen new London Plane trees June 10 on the site where the trees were originally installed by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and the site will be re-dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
“Parks, gardens and green spaces are proven to have a mental healing effect, like those dealing with a loss of a loved one from the 9/11 tragedy,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “In fact, a 2012 study from the Journal of Affective Disorders found participants with depression spending time in a natural setting experienced a positive increase in mood five times as great as that of a healthy individual.”
Project EverGreen is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing green spaces throughout the United States. Its best-known program, GreenCare for Troops, pairs local landscape volunteers with military families to provide free lawn and landscape services while a loved one is deployed overseas.
Project EverGreen will invite several recipients of its GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) program to participate in the event. GCFT is a national service that connects military families with volunteers to take care of their landscape needs free of charge while a loved one is deployed with the military.
The soil damage caused by Hurricane Sandy’s flood surges left numerous dead and dying London Plane, American Sycamore and Pin Oak trees, that were hazardous to people and property on Liberty and Ellis islands. To correct the situation Project EverGreen partnered with Paul Cowie & Associates Arborist Consultants, who donated tree care survey and soil remediation management plans. Husqvarna provided professional climbing, ground and felling saws for the projects, and Bartlett Tree Experts donated crews, trucks and equipment to conduct the work needed on both islands. New Jersey-based Lawn Doctor provided aeration and application equipment.
To make the extensive sodic soil remediation treatments possible, Solu-Cal USA donated 16,000 pounds of enhanced gypsum, and NJ-based Lidochem Inc. provided KaPre ExAlt surfactant product in in-kind donation for the project. In total, all in-kind product and service donations organized by Project EverGreen to help restore and renew the landscapes on both Ellis and Liberty islands equates to an equivalent retail cost approaching $35,000.
Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co., Artisan Gardens LLC Landscape Construction, Bartlett Tree Experts, BASF, Clean Cut Lawns & Landscapes, Husqvarna, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Holmdel, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Middletown, Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Lawn Doctor, Lebanon Turf, Levitt’s LLC, Lidochem Inc., Long Island Compost, New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Nufarm, Paul Cowie & Associates, PLANET, Plant Detectives Nursery & Garden Center, Solu-Cal USA, Weed Man