Who Will Speak for the Trees?
A page dedicated to five of Port Washington's most beautiful trees...five Oak trees cut down by the village in June, 2008.
Please voice your concern for the environment and the responsibility of our communities to preserve trees here:
Office of Highways Phone Number: 516-739-6701
To Learn more about alternatives to tree cutting and rubber sidewalks:
Join us for a candle light vigil for the trees that graced Main Street in Port Washington until they were cut down with little forethought by the town of North Hempstead Commissioner of Highways. The trees were cut down on June 2nd and 3rd, 2008.
Ceremony to honor the spirit of Port Washington’s
Monday, June 23rd @
Come and honor these special oak trees
that lined Main Street
before they were
brutally chopped down.
Meet at the intersection of
Main Stret and Mackey --
- we’ll walk to the park
Bring noisemakers & drums!
Dress as your favorite tree
Or critter or fish or bird!
Tell your friends!
Bring your kids!
for more information
Thank you to the Town of North Hempstead!
On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 9:55 pm, the North Hempstead Town Board unanimously approved a heroic formalized “tree policy.” This policy will act to protect trees from being cut down without a formal review and process by elected officials and an arborist.
The policy will require that, except in an emergency, before a tree located on public property may be removed, there must be at least 5 Business Days Public Notice, notification of both the Town Supervisor and the Councilman, a mechanism for the public to comment, and the review by an arborist.
This action comes on the heels of an overwhelming public outcry by Port Washington residents after 5 trees were cut down by the Town in early June. Thanks to the efforts of so many concerned Port Washington residents, our environment will be more green indeed. On the forefront of this effort to save trees has been the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington Founded in 1968, this organization sppearheaded the local movement to ask the of North Hempstead to think and act progressively, helping to raise consciousness about the importance of every singe tree to our environment. Thank you, RESIDENTS for your efforts and for this heroic act.
Both Councilman Pollack and Supervisor Kaiman mentioned the overwhelming outpouring of public sentiment via telephone calls and emails. They also mentioned the Tree Rally and March wherein dozens of residents came out in force to mourn the lost trees. There was an excellent public turnout in support of the policy, and many spoke eloquently and convincingly of