The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/nyregion/fewer-limbs-but-healthier-trees-as-new-yorks-parks-budget-rebounds.html?_r=0

By Lisa W. Foderaro

May 6, 2015

Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times

This year, with a budget of $5.5 million — nearly four times the amount allotted in 2012 — the pruning of London planes, Norway maples and pin oaks has picked up pace. Forestry specialists for the parks department say crews are now working on a five- to seven-year cycle, which is considered ideal for street trees in a city setting...

“Tree pruning is first and foremost about the safety of New Yorkers and also happens to be critical to the health of the tree,” City Councilman Mark D. Levine, the parks committee chairman, said. “People who think this is only about aesthetics are mistaken. This is a very small amount of money within the scope of the parks budget, let alone the broader city budget.”

 

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