Town of Brookhaven Environmental Analyst Alan Duckworth advises folks on planting and care of their new native tree seedlings as part of the Town’s Arbor Day 2021 celebration. Photo Courtesy Town of Brookhaven

On Friday, April 30th, the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County (Long Island) planted two 3.5-inch caliper, 16-foot-tall red maples (Acer rubrum) using a Tree City USA Reward Grant from NYSUFC. Their Arbor Day celebration also included a tree giveaway of hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Brookhaven has been a Tree City USA since 2016. The NYSUFC Tree City USA Reward Grant program (typically, $1000 awards) is meant to encourage existing Tree City USA communities to maintain their status and to continue to grow their community forestry program.

On April 30, the Town of Brookhaven celebrated Arbor Day by planting a red maple tree in front of Town Hall, following a longstanding tradition of planting on those grounds. Pictured left to right are the Town’s Environmental Analyst Alan Duckworth; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich and Councilman Neill Foley. Photo Courtesy Town of Brookhaven


Same red maple, going into summer looking robust! The annual planting at Brookhaven Town Hall is part of Supervisor Ed Romaine’s Green Energy & Sustainability initiative for Town facilities announced in his 2015 State of the Town Address. Photo Courtesy Town of Brookhaven