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:

Town of North Hempstead Elected Officials

Office of Highways Email

Office of Highways Phone Number:  516-739-6701


To Learn more about alternatives to tree cutting and rubber sidewalks:

Rubber Sidewalks Tested in 60 Cities -- NPR

 Tree Roots Can't Ravage This Sidewalk -- USA Today

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

“Knowles Trees” 


Monday, June 23rd @

7 pm


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!



Contact: whowillspeakforthetrees@gmail.com

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
its necessity. 

Throughout this month we learned once again that public opinion CAN and DOES make a difference. Let's work together on quality of life issues, such as air and water quality, street cleaning, traffic calming, etc.

For information, or to join as a member or the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, please either call   516-767-9151, or e-mail: info@pwresidents.org





Post Washington residents came out with vigor and enthusiasm this weekend to defend the trees and declare boldly that they would not tolerate random acts of tree-cutting in the future.



Members of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington



 Other progressive and innovative ways to avoid cutting down trees:

 ·        Careful pruning of the roots

·        Expanding the tree bed

·        An innovative approach of rubberized sidewalks that allow

for tree roots to grow.  These can easily be removed for root-pruning and are cost-effective in the long run.  These are also great for storm water because  they allow for water to be absorbed by the ground.



·        Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

·        In one year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven up to 8700 miles.

       Trees provide shade and shelter, reducing yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.

·        Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.