Monday, July 12, 2010

Fear of Dutch Elm Disease in Tompkins Square Park




There's a big operation under way this morning in Tompkins Square Park... workers are removing one of the Park's beautiful elm trees ... A Park supervisor said that this tree and several others have been stricken with Dutch Elm Disease. Unfortunately, several of the trees can't be spared. Officials are worried that the disease from an infected tree's roots will spread to nearby healthy trees. So far, two trees have been removed. The supervisor said they will begin injecting healthy trees with some sort of solution to help keep them healthy.

The supervisor also said that he had been getting grief from several people for removing the trees. "Believe me, no one wants to remove these trees, especially not great old elms like this. But we don't have any choice."







8 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh crap...I had read that TSP was spared the first time around because it was isolated from affected areas, wonder why that's not holding true now? (And I don't guess we can blame NYU or "fabulous" people for this, huh?)

Goggla said...

Oh, no...which part of the park is this? All those trees are so gorgeous.

EV Grieve said...

More on the southeast side...closer to 7th and B. They already remembered a beauty last Friday near the entrance at 8th Street and B.

Melanie said...

These are older mature trees and majestic ones. Sad!!

glamma said...

i bet the workers are dealing with a whole lot of this

http://neithermorenorless.blogspot.com/search?q=tree+hugger

Anonymous said...

The Dutch are getting cut down left and right. I bet the guys cutting down the trees are Spanish!

The Biggest Pants said...

i really loved that tree. it was a good spot to sit in the shade.

EV Grieve said...

Hi The Biggest Pants. Thanks for the comment. I know. I walked by today... and it just seems lonely here now.