A tree dies in Long Beach. Operation STOMP to the rescue?

deadtreeLong Beach is the beach, gardens, parks and dead trees.  

Yes, we are going through a bit of a drought, but that doesn’t fully explain why our newly planted trees are dying. No trees should have been planted after June. In fact, our city should have waited until the fall. What about the plan to water them? Just walk around the city and it’s fully evident that it’s all a hot mess.

Operation STOMP, a community-based, grassroots (treeroots?) organization based on Long Island, dedicated to preserving and saving trees across the county spoke at our past City Council meeting. They expressed their disgust on how our city handled the tree re-planting. You can follow much of this conversation over at Project 11561 or Operation STOMP facebook pages, but here is the gist of it: 

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “This past Tuesday, we STOMPed down to Long Beach, to observe the first phase of the large scale tree planting effort which began earlier this Spring, to offset the devastating impact Sandy had on trees within the storm-ravaged City. We were extremely disappointed after conducting our random sample review of many blocks throughout the region. Twigs were in poor health, many leafless and dying, mulch volcanoes present, and we found there was no systematic watering plan (or maintenance schedule) assigned for a project of this scope and scale including over 1,500 trees. We spoke at the Council Meeting, and will post the video shortly. Nassau is a large County, and, as we travel throughout its neighborhoods, we realize how important it is to have an independent group such as STOMP assisting with matters such as these–leaving the responsibility of trees to the municipality (that changes via the nature of politics) or a contractor that may not always be the best fit (or held to performance standards), often does not produce the best results, the public and trees often losing. ‪#‎savethetrees‬‪#‎keepitwatered‬ ‪#‎keepitgreen‬ ‪#‎operationstomp‬

There is a lot more. Let’s go down Long Beach tree memory lane with Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP as our guide:

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP “In February, the city unveiled its Master Tree Replanting Plan to restore the aesthetic of tree-lined streets. Close to 2,400 trees that were dead or substantially damaged were removed after the storm. The plan calls for 2,700 new trees to be planted, representing a greater variety of species than before — a total of 52 species, officials said, including American elm and red maple.

Barbato Landscaping began the work last week, and excavation has already been completed on most of Beech and Penn streets, as crews prepare the ground for the new trees, officials said. But some residents questioned whether the company was up to the task. Last year, the council passed a resolution stating that Barbato was in breach of a $333,000 contract after the company failed to complete the reconstruction of the Georgia Avenue Playground by May 30.” #thisisnassau

Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP This tree pit included a volcano mulch design, against industry standards as the packing of mulch near the base of the tree can cause rotting. It is also leafless and bare. This twig was recently planted. 


Save the Nassau County Trees – Operation STOMP There were many street trees in this state; leafless, bare, leaning, no watering, mulch pits left untouched.


So what happens now? Well, we are still getting more trees this fall. Follow Operation STOMP for updates on this matter. I will try to keep up and post here as well. In the meantime, Operation STOMP has offered some tips on how to keep our current trees healthy:
“in terms of the watering discussion, just some basic watering facts taken from our friends at Casey Trees, especially for new trees: “A newly-planted tree needs 25 gallons of water per week to survive. During late summer we often have weeks without rain, which would deprive the tree of the water it needs to secure its root structure. A tree with a weakened root system is at higher risk of fatality during periods of severe weather. If by some miracle these trees did survive they may not ever recover from the trauma suffered in their youth, leading to stunted growth and a less robust canopy.” [Posted at Project 11561]
OPERATION STOMP: A community-based, grassroots organization based in Long Island, New York, dedicated to preserving the hundreds of trees presently unprotected and at-risk lining countless County Roads throughout Nassau County. You can find out more about them at www.operationstomp.com

18 Replies to “A tree dies in Long Beach. Operation STOMP to the rescue?”

  1. Unfortunately you can’t rely on the government to get this right. Completely inept and incapable. A complete disaster and most of the trees will ultimately become some very expensive firewood. Luckily I knew this would happen so have been watering the heck out of my trees and they are doing wonderfully. Anyone who wants their trees to survive has to water on their own – otherwise you’ll be looking out the window at dead sticks for years to come….

  2. Yes, if you care about the trees you have to water them. They were mere props to garnish Federal money and votes. The City couldn’t care less about them, their life or their well being.

    You can go back even further, when the City let the tree contractor’s own “arborist” determine which trees had to be removed, resulting in hundreds of 80-year old healthy sycamores being chopped down. All for a few bucks.

    But this is Long Beach, where the City’s day-care center is fined by the State for abusing the kids. What care do you expect for the trees?

    You elected these thieves.

  3. They planted a tree last year in spring 2014 in front of our business and it never bloomed. It’s kinda depressing having a dead tree in front of our store. Some young soul suggested we should turn it into a poet-tree and have people wrote poems on something and hang it on the dead branches. (((Sigh)))

  4. Why is anyone surprised? TILB, the city of inept,incompetent ,venal,uncaring dolts at its head. What gets me is that there were endless warnings that this could happen and professional advice on how to avoid it by a program of proper watering. Yet nothing has been done !
    It really is sad that a place with such potential is the site of seemingly never ending incompetence.
    But the beach is nice and the water is very warm.

  5. I think that I shall never see

    A competent government by the sea

    Poems are made by fools like me

    Only Long Beach City Hall ineptness can kill a thousand trees

  6. Just more fruit of corruption.

    Continue electing the guys with the cute faces, or the ones with the cool names. Or whoever Zapson tells you to because he goes to your temple.

    When city taxes and flood taxes force you to give away your house, sign the waiting list and beg for senior housing and food stamps.

    Long Beach voters are pathetically ignorant.

  7. A tree-mendous thank you to Sea By The City and all of your lovely residents for the warm welcome to Long Beach. We look forward to working together to ensure your City by the sea (along with so many other regions in Nassau County) are provided top-quality trees, with a meaningful program in place to ensure their health and ability to thrive.

    As we noted in our impromptu public comment at the Tuesday Council Meeting–via a random sample observational assessment of trees in the area (to which we photographed), almost 50% of the trees planted are in poor health, extremely stressed, and/or near death if not already dead. Leafless, bare trees; bent trees on an angle; trees with pits that have not been watered in months; these are all conditions that will create significant, irreparable stress on the young tree, leading to visible stunted growth and/or eventual death.

    Most of the new trees were planted mid-to-late May of 2015 into June, against industry standards–the best time to plant is in the Fall, or, early Spring (no later than May 15). While the master plan is quite ambitious and color-coded with detail, we feel there has been some disconnect when it comes to implementation of said plan. We observed that trees are missing certified-health seals; the species planted do not always align with the master plan; areas where major trees could have been planted to provide greater protection and environmental benefit were overlooked; volcano mulch pits are present (which are damaging to bark due to the potential of rotting); and a meaningful plan to water, maintain, and monitor these trees is lacking.

    Our objective, as we have discussed with so many Long Beach residents on Tuesday evening after the Council Meeting, and over the course of the past few days, is to collectively ensure a plan is in place for any future plantings, as well as try to restore the health of trees that are remotely healthy (and hopefully will survive the lack of watering), and, work to ensure that trees that are clearly dead / in poor shape are replaced by the contractor, as evidenced by the photos above. If you have specific questions about your tree, tree planting, tree removal, watering, mulch, maintenance, etc., please feel free to reply here, ‘like’ us on Facebook, or send us an e-mail, OperationSTOMP@gmail.com.

  8. Ahsley Madison gets hacked and now SeaByTheCity is the new hookup spot? Pseudonames and all…. As long as the dark alley is nowhere near Subway I guess it is all good.

  9. Thank you, Operation STOMP! I look forward in pushing this issue. Long Beach historically doesn’t like to work with outside people, but this will be something that cannot be ignored. I am so angry by the way the trees were handled. Speaking to others who run other blogs/facebook groups feel the same.

    it’s a complete waste of money. The plan was a disaster and now we are left with totem poles on every street in Long Beach.

    Talk to you soon!

  10. The specs had to preclude planting trees in the summer. Somebody or some of our city council directed this planting as a political move. Who? The contractor should give this info up – they most likely will not have to maintain their ‘guarantee’ on the plantings.

  11. The city hall numbskulls ordered the planting against expert advice because they wanted all of the trees to bloom by election day. Now the voters will be viewing death and destruction, and still more money down the toilet. Will this affect your vote?????

  12. This morning’s NYS Court of Appeals decision effectively kicks out Zapson as Long Beach’s political boss along with this corrupt City Council. Most feel the Democratic leader, who is iStar’s attorney, is responsible for all these debacles.

    Let’s see who’s the new Long Beach political boss…

    Maybe he’ll care about the hospital, the trees, the children, and perhaps even the residents.

  13. I’m not sure that they cut open the root ball, or if that is actually necessary for these trees…but I have been watching my tree–which I water regularly–brown at the tips of the leaves? I hope the contractor did the job right or the city wasted a lot of our tax money.

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