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Trees Re-planted

April 23 began a tree-planting program that will eventually replace thousands of trees that, according to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, fell or were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy changed the face of Nassau County forever,” the county executive said. “This tree planting program will continue until we have addressed every location throughout Nassau County that lost trees due to the storm.”

Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss has been in an ongoing dialogue with the county since the slaughter of the trees along Searingtown and Shelter Rock roads. “The county executive knows how disturbed I have been. Not all those trees were compromised,” Natiss said.

The county explained the plantings began on the eastern side of Searingtown Road and will continue at a pace of approximately 120 trees per day, weather and other conditions permitting. In addition, the stumps left from trees destroyed by Sandy will begin to be removed in coming weeks.

The first series of plantings includes 1,100 trees and the county indicated the types of trees include Red Maple, Red Oak, Eastern Red Bud, Kwanzan Cherry Trees and Hedge Maple.

The types of trees planted will be diversified so a monoculture is created where, like the situation on Searingtown and Shelter Rock Roads, the county explained, if one tree is compromised than most will be. For example, along Shelter Rock and Searingtown Roads the county will plant not only the Cleveland Pear but Kwanzan Cherries and Eastern Red Bud.  Three different types of trees are being planted along the roadway further from the curb than those in the past as a safety precaution for motorists and pedestrians alike.  “Most of these trees will flower beautifully in the spring and will restore the beauty to Nassau County’s post-Sandy landscape,” said County Executive Mangano. Of the trees planted on Searingtown Road on Tuesday, April 23, Mayor Natiss believed they were of a “good enough size.” Rob Walker, chief deputy county executive, informed Natiss the county will continue replanting the North Shore before the South Shore where there are still so many problems.

Trees will be planted all over the county, including in the county parks where workers will be planting larger trees, the red maple and oak. The project is being paid for by County Capital funds.

“We will also be using Cleveland Pears, not Bradford Pears, which proved to be unstable in major storms and were so damaged they had to come down if the storm had not already knocked them to the ground,” said County Executive Mangano. “We do not want to ever see what happened during Sandy again.”

Maryanne Grabowski lives in Glen Cove and commented that on Dosoris Lane, a well-traveled road, Bradford pear tees line part of the road. They are not hardy trees, she said, commenting, “I avoid it during a storm or heavy winds. There are often branches, even tree limbs, blocking the street.”

Natis said he was informed the right specimen trees would be planted; trees that won’t split like the Bradford pears. Natiss said he was told all were flowering trees—“they assured me our residents would be satisfied.”