Just got off phone with Operation STOMP. They mean business. It appears that ‘tree gate’ is not only happening in Long Beach, but a plague that is county-wide. Perfectly good trees are being knocked down, only to be replaced the wrong way and uncared for. Check out their website which highlights so much wrongdoing, in what I consider to be the destruction of Nassau County, all in the name of money.
Our situation in Long Beach is different……..but kinda the same. We had Sandy and salt water to deal with. Tree replacement was necessary, but looking around it’s so evident what a hot mess it all became.
- No trees should have been planted after May 15th.
- Watering has not been enough.
- ‘Volcano mulch’ effect has the trees rotting. What might look like a good tree now could soon be dead. [LINK]
- Trees were not watered as they were being planted.
- Will the support sticks holding them up be taken away after a year or will they be left to choke to trunks? I see this allllll over Nassau County and it drives me F***ING CRAZY.
- There is probably more to add to this list, but all I can think about is how I’m so happy it rained last night despite the flooding (sorry folks who got flooded).
I kinda don’t give a shit that these dead trees are insured. It’s a complete waste of taxpayer money and a primary example of what’s wrong with government. How about we plant them the right way to begin with?
I’m worried that groups such as Operation STOMP won’t be taken seriously, but they should. From what I can tell, they are a very passionate group of individuals, many who live in LB, with the sole purpose of saving and helping trees in Nassau County. We should welcome them with open arms. More tress are coming this fall, but will they be planted the right way?
Seabythecity will continuously post updates as well as info as to how we can move forward as a community to work together to help save these trees! Stay tuned! After all, Long Beach is the beach, gardens, parks, dead trees and community. Ok, my rant is over.